The result was a cataclysm: while there was availability of food in cities, it was unaffordable for the poor who were already very malnourished and had no physical reserves left after years of exploitation by the Raj to withstand yet another bout of starvation. The streets were soon littered with corpses as millions died. Entire villages disappeared. Farmers died of hunger next to the bumper crop of rice in their fields in December 1943, too weak physically to harvest them.
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