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Rains wreak havoc in West Bengal

June 19, 2008
The flood situation in Midnapore district in West Bengal turned worse on Thursday with fresh areas inundated by the Subarnarekha River, leaving nearly three lakh people marooned.

Besides Narayangarh, Sabang and Pingla blocks, which were flooded on Wednesday, over 150 villages in Dantan blocks I and II, about 60 km from Kharagpur, went under water last evening, District Magistrate N S Nigam said.

The gushing waters of the river have submerged a 6 km stretch from Sastalagar to Sonakhalaia on the Orissa border on Kharagpur-Chennai NH 60, cutting off West Bengal from the southern part of the country. Thousands of trucks are stranded on the highway.

The army, pressed into rescue and relief operations in the district and in neighbouring East Midnapore since Wednesday, have begun work at Dantan since morning, he said.

Image: A woman wades through her waterlogged kitchen in Howrah, West Bengal.
Photographs: PTI

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