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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for quick irrigation network expansion as India braces for drought. [Representational Image]Reuters

A farmer in Uttar Pradesh's Ballia district reportedly died of shock after he saw the damage to his wheat crop from unseasonal rain. 

The 65-year-old farmer is said to have left the harvested crop in his two bighas of land in Nathna village, but untimely rain destroyed the crop. 

The farmer died of shock when he saw the damage on Friday night. 

"According to the information provided by the family of the deceased, he died of shock after seeing his damaged wheat crop last night," SDM Ramanuj Singh was quoted saying by the Press Trust of India.

Singh said the farmer's family would receive help from the Chief Minister's discretionary fund. 

The incident comes just a month after five farmers allegedly died of 'shock' in Uttar Pradesh after rains damaged their crops. 

The farmer deaths from 'shocks' come even as farmer suicides continue rampantly across the country as unseasonal rains and hailstorms have wreaked havoc over the past weeks. 

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