Berar also suffered from the famines of 1897 and 1900.
Owing to the irrigation, total failure of crops and consequent famines are unknown, unless among the Kirghiz shepherds.
In the face of great natural catastrophes, such as river inundations, famines, tidal waves and cyclones of the lower provinces of Bengal, the religious instinct works with a vitality unknown in European countries.
But there can be little doubt that the population of England and Wales increased very slowly for centuries, owing largely to want of intercommunication, which led to famines, more or less severeit being a common occurrence that, while one county, with a good harvest, was enjoying abundance, the people of the adjoining one were starving.
Considerable losses were caused by the famines of 1897-1898 and 1899-1900, which were severely felt, especially in Bhopal and Malwa.