Why India’s Cotton Farmers Are Killing Themselves

CNN’s Mallika Kapur visits the cotton fields of Vidarbha, the epicenter of India’s farmer suicide crisis.

About every 30 minutes, a farmer in India commits suicide. The unseasonably heavy rains and unexpected hailstorms that have pounded down across the country threaten to up that already alarming figure.

According to one expert, a sudden downpour of hail in the Indian state of Maharashtra laid waste to more than $150 million worth of crops.