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Berar also suffered from the famines of 1897 and 1900.
The country was also visited by a succession of famines and floods, and in 1348 the Black Death swept over Europe like a terrible scourge.
But only local famines are likely to arise from this cause.
A long-standing sequence of disastrous famines in India led to one of the first investigations of just how the monsoon was generated.
In 1901 the population was 9,723,301, showing a decrease of 20% in the decade owing to the great famines of1897-1898and 1900-1901.