Flooding causes Christmas misery in SW England

Saturday 22 December 2012

The Environment Agency has issued 140 flood warnings and 345 flood alerts for Englandand Wales, while in Scotland there are 15 flood alerts and 17 flood warnings.

Driving becomes treacherous in parts of Cornwall
·    Residents of Helston have been evacuated from their homes by the police as the River Cober bursts it’s banks
·    The town of Brauntonin north Devon has been effectively cut off, with homes and shops under water, after the River Caen burst its banks.
·    Braunton councillor says newly-built £1 million flood defences have been ‘overwhelmed’.
·    First Great Western is advising train passengers in the south west of Englandnot to travel
·    In the West Country, rail services are suspended between Exeter St Davids and Taunton due to flooding and flood defences have breached in Devon and Cornwall
·    Replacement buses are in operation but Network Rail is warning that poor road conditions mean replacement buses are not able to run on many routes
·    A woman was rescued from her car by passers-by after it was swept into a river in Llancarfan in the Vale of Glamorgan
·    Firefighters in Lostwithiel were worried about water levels in a dam above the town with more heavy rain forecast overnight
·    In Lostwithiel around 195 people were advised to leave their homes, and a rest area was set up in the Community Centre.
·    Fire crews had been called to about 70 flood-related incidents across Cornwallsince midnight.
·    Crews have attended incidents at St Austell, Lostwithiel, Looe, Helston, Hayle, Torpoint, Penzance, Probus, Durgan, Millbrook, St Columb and St Just.
·    Large amounts of surface water has been reported on roads in Cornwallas more rain lashes the county.
·    Several Football League matches were postponed because of the wet weather
·    The A38 from Bodmin towards Exeter is closed between the A374 Plymouth road and the A3121 because of flooding, and is expected to reopen at 8am, the Highways Agency said.

Sources: BBC News, ITV News, Daily Mail, Sky News

August floods continue in Bihar, India

At least 20 people have been killed after a boat capsized while carrying dozens of refugees from flooding in the Indian state of Bihar, say police. The incident raises the death toll from the floods to more than 70. Thousands of people have been evacuated to higher ground to escape the rising waters after the Kosi river breached its banks and changed course.

Continuing bad weather has hampered efforts to get aid to 2.5 million people who have been displaced. Angry villagers in the worst-affected district, Madhepura, said they had no idea where to take shelter. The flooding began 11 days ago in neighbouring Nepal, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless there.

Official reports said 725 villages were badly affected by the floods and 106 relief camps had been set up in the area. Meanwhile, in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, which borders Bihar and Nepal, the health authorities say at least 400 people have died from water-borne diseases during the current monsoon season. Officials say 181 of the deaths have occurred in the eastern districts from encephalitis carried by mosquitoes breeding on the water.