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Indian wheat rots in the open after bumper harvest

Altaf Qadri / AP

A laborer lifts a sack of rotting wheat grain trying to salvage any that was still edible, at an open storage area in Khamanon village, some 133 miles from Amritsar, India, on May 9, 2012.

The Associated Press reports — Millions of tons of wheat are rotting in the open after India ran out of warehouse space to store another bumper crop.

Opposition parties have called the rotting grain a scandal. Nearly half of India's children under age 5 are malnourished.

Food Minister K.V. Thomas said Thursday the government was taking "all necessary steps" to increase its storage capacities and that the government was looking at private partnerships to attract investment in building warehouses. Read the full story.

Altaf Qadri / AP

A laborer stands on rotting wheat grain at an open storage area in Khamanon village on May 9, 2012.