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Jun 18, 2008 at 05:54pm IST

Heavy rains wreak havoc in eastern India

New Delhi: Incessant rains have caused heavy damage in Assam where at least 14 people have been swept away in flood waters in the Lakhimpur district.

Border Security Forces (BSF) jawans have also rescued nearly 25,000 people.

Efforts are also being made to repair the damaged portion of National Highway 52.

A 25-meter stretch of the highway has been washed away in Lakhimpur district.

Many interior villages continue to be flooded with authorities saying the floods have been caused due to heavy rains in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh.

The situation is now said to be improving


In Orissa, rains have affected more than 5 lakh people. Flash floods in north Orissa claimed at least four lives and 150 villages are submerged.

Large tracts of railway lines are underwater and several trains of the South Eastern Railways have been cancelled.

With the met office predicting heavy rains during the next 24 hours, the situation is likely to deteriorate. The state government has already sounded an alert in coastal districts.

West Bengal

In West Bengal, rainwaters have receded a bit in Kolkata but the situation remains grim in some other parts of the state.

Army jawans are being pressed into rescue work in West Midnapore.

Train services on the South Eastern Railway line have been affected in the state as well. Many trains have been terminated midway. Some long distance trains, including the Coromandel Express, the Janshatabdi and the Purulia Express have been cancelled for the day.

For now though passengers, especially those travelling to and from West Bengal and Orissa are having a hard time.

Efforts are being made to evacuate the passengers to Kharagpur. With the met department predicting very heavy showers for the next 24 hours as well, the situation could even worsen over the next few hours

Rains have stopped in various areas for the moment, but the monsoon downpour of the last few days still disrupting flights and trains.