Boxing Day marred by floods
- England, Scotland and Wales endured relentless flooding caused by repeated heavy rains on the Boxing Day.
- The authorities issued 355 flood alerts in all and more than 30 "severe" flood warnings were issued.
- Hundreds of residences had to be vacated after the water broke flood barriers and streamed into the streets.
- The government's emergency response teams congregated by telephone to coordinate and send rescue-teams.
Astronaut describes the magnitude of British floods
Highlighting the British flood's scale, Tim Peake, who is the first British astronaut on the International Space Station, wrote on Twitter: "Passed over the UK today - thoughts are with all those affected by flooding in northern England."
El Nino and climate change the real culprits
- Atmosphere scientists have noted that the floods in Britain, the record-breaking cold in the US and fires in Australia are all inter-related and the real reason behind these occurrences is the climate change.
- The scientists in their simulations found that the floods were most likely caused by the El Nino effect (it occurs once in 6-7 years due to unusually hot waters).
Britishers enraged as Britain is sending aid to others
- There was an outrage all over Britain for the people thought that government was squandering cash on foreign aid
- Around £12 billion a year was spent on overseas aid, and not on anti-flood schemes ( including £1billion to 20 most corrupt countries like North Korea).
- Flood-hit residents said the aid should have been spent to make sure that England was ready to tackle floods.
The worst is not over yet
- Adding to Britain's fears, the weather department has forecasted "a third of a month's rain due to fall on Wednesday."
- By midweek, Britain will get hit by 70mph gales of winds from the West.
- The areas that are already saturated with rain will be at a higher risk of more flooding as 4.7in (120 mm) rain is expected.
Initial analysis pegs damage at £1.3 billion
While experts have advised that it is too soon to calculate losses caused by Storm Desmond and Storm Eva, the accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers announced that a primary analysis showed that losses could run as high as £1.3 billion.
Emergency meeting in Britain as floods cause havoc
- British PM David Cameron convened an emergency meeting as flooding in northern England brought cities like York and Leeds to its knees, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.
- Hundreds of flood warnings have been issued, 24 of which are 'severe'.
- Another 200 soldiers have been sent to Northern England, taking the number to 500, while additional 1,000 remain on standby.