In February and March 2014 Indian state of Maharashtra experienced a series of extremely destructive and unseasonal hailstorms. At least 12 people have died during the storms. Up to 100 farmers have committed suicide across the state due to crop losses from these storms. Experts have assessed the area of loss at more than 2 million ha. more than Rs50 billion. Crops of soybean, chickpea, wheat, maize and sorghum and fruits such as pomegranates, grapes, mangoes (all varieties except alphonso from Konkan), sweet lime, watermelon, papaya and bananas have been damaged heavily. Total damage to the crops is being assessed at 120%, which breaks down to total loss of crop plus 20% expenses to clear the damaged crop and prepare again for re-plantation.