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Severe weather cuts off rail links to large parts of south-west England

Published on Feb 9, 2014 10:11 PM
 
Rail emergency workers inspect damaged track along the seafront at Dawlish in south west England on Feb 6, 2014. Severe flooding and landslips have completely cut off rail routes to large parts of south-west of England as storms continue to batter southern Britain. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Severe flooding and landslips have completely cut off rail routes to large parts of south-west of England as storms continue to batter southern Britain.

Some areas of Somerset in south-west England have been underwater for over a month in the wettest January on record, and the government has come under pressure for not putting enough resources into preventing flooding.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced extra funding for flood defence repairs earlier this week after high tides and stormy seas destroyed a large section of sea wall at Dawlish in Devon, washing a stretch of railway into the sea.

Further flooding and landslips have now cut off all rail links to Devon and Cornwall.

 
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