Frogs married in ritual to ‘bring rain’ after dry weather spell – and it worked

While scientists in the UK are spending their time trying to combat climate change, it appears that there is a far simpler solution to the crisis than we might have thought.

Carbon capture technology, offshore wind and nuclear power have all been on the lists of the experts – but they should have just looked at getting two frogs to marry each other.

Yes, you read that right.

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A group of people in the Indian city of Gorakhpur – which has been subjected to intense heat an a lack of rainfall – performed a ritual to please the rain god Lord Indra.

The group found two frogs yesterday (Tuesday, July 19) and forced them to marry each other.

Organiser Radhakant Verma said: “It is a time-tested belief that frog weddings are held to bring in rains.

“We have had a long dry spell and farmers, in particular, are upset over the delay in sowing paddy.”

Despite struggling to keep the newly-wed couple together, hundreds turned out to watch the event, which involved a group of priests chanting as well as a big celebration meal afterwards.

But did it work? Absolutely.

Earlier today (July 20) a severe rainfall alert was issued for several parts of the country alongside Gorakhpur, including Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, West Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, Meghalaya.

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Despite temperatures being around the 30C mark all week, constant rain showers are predicted, with a humidity of around 84%.

The India Meteorological Department said: “Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places is very likely.”

And as Britain is expected to return to levels of extreme heat on a regular basis, maybe now is the time for whomever replaced Boris Johnson as Prime Minister in September to look into the power of frogs as a way of solving climate change.

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