Storm Desmond claims two in Britain

Published on : Monday, December 7, 2015

stormSevere storm that caused flash flooding in northern England and Scotland claimed two lives. Storm Desmond wrecked Britain on Saturday, leaving tens of thousands of people without power, disrupting transport and closing schools and some courts.


In London, a 90-year-old man died when he was apparently blown into the side of a bus by a gust of wind Saturday.


A man was found dead in the River Kent in Kendal in the badly hit northwestern English county of Cumbria, police said Monday, a day after an elderly man was reported to have fallen into the water. Thousands of homes and businesses were flooded, and scores of people have been evacuated from their homes.


Britain’s Met Office on Monday said new rainfall records were set for both 24 and 48-hour periods, both in Cumbria.


Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday said he will visit badly affected areas and said the government will review existing flood defenses in England and Wales following criticism of the state’s investment in the measures that were in place when Storm Desmond hit.


The Met Office said more heavy rain is expected in northern England and Scotland in the next few days.

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