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‘Danger to life’ severe #flood warnings issued as #river levels rise across parts of the #UK

A delivery lorry was stuck in Leicestershire following torrential rain

A delivery lorry was stuck in Leicestershire following torrential rain

The Environment Agency has issued “danger to life” severe flood warnings as river levels rise and travel is disrupted across parts of northern England.

It has urged people to stay away from swollen rivers – with the flood warnings affecting the River Don.

Website River Levels UK suggests the river is at its highest ever level at 4.573m at Sprotbrough. The previous record it said was 3.49m on 7 July, 2012.

The 5 severe flood warnings affect the River Don at Barnby Dun, Kirk Bramwith, Kirk Sandall, South Bramwith and Willow Bridge Caravan Site.

In addition, some 119 flood warnings – meaning immediate action is required – are in place, most of them in Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

Residents in affected areas have been told that homes and businesses could flood, fast-flowing water could endanger lives, and some communities could be cut off.

Doncaster Council warned some residents to evacuate their homes because the River Don was breaching its banks near St Oswald Church at Kirk Sandall.

The council tweeted: “There is a Severe Flood Warning in place for Sandal Grove, Old Kirk Sandall. Residents in these areas are advised to evacuate immediately.”

Sky’s Sally Lockwood, who is in Doncaster, said the latest recording showed the River Don had risen to 6.28m – the average is between 0.2m and 3.6m.

Derbyshire Police warned motorists against moving signs where roads have been shut “or attempt to use these routes”.

In Mansfield, 35 homes were evacuated as a precaution after a mudslide, and in Sheffield a major incident was declared by the city council after the River Don burst its banks in some areas, flooding businesses, car parks and roads.

Farooq Sabir , who owns an off licence in Sheffield, said there was not much he could save as his business was flooded within minutes.

He told Sky News he was “knee high in water” and “trying to salvage anything was just impossible”.

At Meadowhall, near Sheffield, hundreds of people woke to find the streets were still flooded in areas after they were forced to spend the night at the busy shopping centre.

Images posted on social media overnight by shoppers and staff stranded at the complex showed them bedding down for the night wherever they could on chairs and benches.

Hannah Crossley, who was at the centre, said she had watched water levels rise until they were “centimetres away from flooding over the wall”.

Luke Turner, who also works at Meadowhall, said he was unable to drive home because the staff car park was flooded.

“For safety reasons the police are keeping us inside Meadowhall. Everyoe has been helpful. There are drinks knocking around, coats, covers to keep us warm. It’s quite a good atmosphere, but a bad situation.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “Awful to see the terrible flooding across the North of England. Thank you to the emergency staff & volunteers helping families through this difficult time.”

Late last night, an Environment Agency spokesperson said: “We are continuing to work closely with local authorities to reduce the risk of flooding.

“Our field teams have been ensuring flood defences can fully operate and deploying temporary flood barriers to help protect people and property.

“We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to walk or drive through floodwater as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.”

In Doncaster, South Yorkshire Police warned the public that the flooding was causing “significant issues”, with the force telling locals not to drive or leave their properties unless it is necessary.

Northern Rail has issued “do not travel” advice for customers on several routes – with flooding closing lines between Sheffield and Gainsborough, Sheffield and Lincoln, and Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria.

The chief executive of Timpson, the shoe repairs and key cutting high street firm, said its shops in Worksop in Nottinghamshire were under water following the heavy rain and will be closed until next week.

James Timpson tweeted: “I’ve spoken to the team to arrange shop fitters to get there ASAP.”

According to the Met Office, half of the average rainfall for the whole of November fell in parts of the Midlands and Yorkshire on Thursday alone – with more rain overnight.

By 5pm on Thursday, Sheffield had seen 47.2mm of rainfall, while Emley Moor was hit by 40mm.

Rainfall could reach 100mm by this morning, according to forecaster Craig Snell.

Sky’s North of England correspondent, Katerina Vittozzi, who is in Sheffield, said: “The real concern is how long will the floodwater continue to rise even after the rain has stopped.

“The damage already has been quite significant – there are already a number of submerged cars, and some say their businesses are knee-deep in water.

“Residents who have been unable to get home have been sheltered in Sheffield Town Hall, and there are similar setups in other northern towns that have been affected.”

Courtesy of Sky News

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#China on #RedAlert as #SuperTyphoonLekima threatens #Yangtze #StormSurge

Red Alert Issued

China has issued a red alert as a typhoon bringing torrential rain and gales descends on its eastern coast, threatening an intense storm surge up the Yangtze river.

Flood prevention efforts are being stepped up along Asia’s longest waterway in the wake of the top-level warning, which has also led authorities to ready evacuations, suspend train and air travel and call for vessels to return to port.

Typhoon Lekima is expected to bring heavy rain and storm-force winds to Zhejiang, Shanghai and other neighbouring provinces before making landfall on Saturday.

The typhoon has already forced Taiwan to cancel flights and order the closure of markets, offices and schools.

Waves hit a sea wall in front of buildings in Taizhou, China's eastern Zhejiang province
The typhoon is bringing torrential rain, heavy seas and high winds to China’s eastern coast

It also left more than 40,000 homes without power on the island, where the authorities have issued landslide warnings following an earlier earthquake.

China’s National Meteorological Centre said Lekima, gusting at 130mph, was the strongest typhoon since 2014.

It warned 24-hour rainfall levels across eastern China could reach up to 32cm (13in).

Cruise liners have been asked to delay their arrival in Shanghai, while some ships are set to be diverted to Hong Kong to help prevent accidents and collisions.

Fishermen secure boats at a port in Taizhou, China's eastern Zhejiang province, ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Lekima
Vessels have been urged to return to port as China braces itself for extreme weather

In Zhejiang, the ferry service has been cancelled and more than 200 tourists evacuated from Beiji island.

Three main streams of the Yangtze are likely to exceed alert levels.

The commission overseeing the river for the ministry of water resources has directed efforts to prevent floods and over-saturation of levees along its banks.

Courtesy of Sky News

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#RedAlert Issued – #Explosive #Ash Activity At #EtnaVolcano In #Italy

Aviation Red Alert Issued – Explosive Ash Activity At Etna Volcano In Italy

Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

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#Ebola outbreak in DR #Congo declared as an International Public #Health #Emergency

Ebola Virus

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

“It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts. We need to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system,” said Dr. Tedros. “Extraordinary work has been done for almost a year under the most difficult circumstances. We all owe it to these responders — coming from not just WHO but also government, partners and communities — to shoulder more of the burden.”

The declaration followed a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC. The Committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world.

This was the fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee since the outbreak was declared on 1 August 2018.

The Committee expressed disappointment about delays in funding which have constrained the response. They also reinforced the need to protect livelihoods of the people most affected by the outbreak by keeping transport routes and borders open. It is essential to avoid the punitive economic consequences of travel and trade restrictions on affected communities.

“It is important that the world follows these recommendations. It is also crucial that states do not use the PHEIC as an excuse to impose trade or travel restrictions, which would have a negative impact on the response and on the lives and livelihoods of people in the region,” said Professor Robert Steffen, chair of the Emergency Committee.

Since it was declared almost a year ago the outbreak has been classified as a level 3 emergency – the most serious – by WHO, triggering the highest level of mobilization from WHO. The UN has also recognized the seriousness of the emergency by activating the Humanitarian System-wide Scale-Up to support the Ebola response.

In recommending a PHEIC the committee made specific recommendations related to this outbreak.

“This is about mothers, fathers and children – too often entire families are stricken. At the heart of this are communities and individual tragedies,” said Dr. Tedros. “The PHEIC should not be used to stigmatize or penalize the very people who are most in need of our help.”

Courtesy of who.int

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#France Records It’s #Hottest Day Ever Of 45.9C (114.4F)

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The southern region of Gallargues-le-Montueux France has reached it’s highest record breaking temperature of 45.9C (114.4F).

The last record stood at 44.1C in August 2003.

Further north of France, the temperature is around 40C (104F).

Many parts of Europe are enduring a heatwave as well.

Due to the severe heat, Red Alert has been enforced in France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.

#RedAlert #MajorEruption – Major #AshClouds Drifting East And South From #UlawunVolcano In #PapuaNewGuinea

Aviation Red Alert

While it is not only night over Papua New Guinea now, a vast area around the volcano is now likely to be shredded in darkness caused by ash from the eruption.

It is unclear whether the activity at the volcano still continues or has subsided or ended. However, the ash plume has been split in two major portions by winds blowing in different directions at different altitudes:

– the highest portion at 63,000 ft (20 km, flight level 630) is rapidly drifting east and already at more than 500 km distance from the volcano.

– the “lower” part of the plume, up to 55,000 ft (17 km, flight level 550) altitude is instead spreading and drifting more slowly to the south.

The aviation color code is red and all aircraft should avoid the affected areas in a wide distance

Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

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