Guntur famine of 1832

Guntur famine also known as known locally as Dokkala Karuvu (only ribs are seen without any flesh) or Nandana karuvu, pedda karuvu, Dhatu karuvu, Valasa Karuvu, Musti karuvu, Dobba Karuvu. This has occurred in Madras Presidency during 1832–1833 followed crop failure as well as excessive and uncertain levels of taxation on peasants by British East India Company.[1]

Guntur famine of 1832
డొక్కల కరువు
LocationGuntur, Madras Presidency
Period1832 - 1833
Excess mortality150,000
Death rate33%
Observationspolicy failure, drought, back-to-back poor harvests
Impact on demographicspopulation declined by 33% due to mortality
ConsequencesDowleswaram Barrage built
Preceded by1812-13 famine in western India
Succeeded byOrissa famine of 1866


This famine has killed a third of the population 150,000 of 500,000 of starvation, also 74,000 bullocks, 159,000 milk cattle, and 300,000 sheep and goats. The loss of revenue occasioned to Government during the following 15 years exceeded two and a half millions Pound sterling The famine of 1833 extended southwards to Madras.[2]

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  1. ^ "Were Indian Famines 'Natural' Or 'Manmade'? - LSE" (PDF). Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Famines / by Edward Balfour (1885)". Retrieved 16 December 2020.