The government’s meteorological office issued the highest-level warning for the capital as Indians continue to struggle through what has been described as the second coldest December in a century.
The recent “red warning” by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) came as temperatures in Delhi plummeted to 2.8 Celsius (37.04 Fahrenheit) and is likely to drop further. ‘Red’ usually means “extreme weather conditions,”according to the agency.
It warned that “severe cold wave conditions,” dense fog, and hailstorms may hit the capital, but also the states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Rajasthan during the last days of 2019.
To make matters worse, the air quality in Delhi was also described as “severe.” Officials predict that low temperatures coupled with high humidity, as well as a lack of surface winds, have led to an accumulation of pollutants.
Worsening weather has caused massive delays for several trains bound for Delhi and flights at the capital’s international airport. Bus lines have also experienced disruptions and traffic jams.
People across India have gathered around bonfires near streets and other public places. To cope with the emergency, local authorities have also made sure that shelters and firewood are provided to the population.
Local media also reports that at least 28 people may have died due to the cold in Uttar Pradesh, which is experiencing the coldest days of December this weekend.
The severe cold wave will last at least two more days, but the weather may improve a little around New Year’s, meteorologists say.
“We are expecting a marginal rise in temperature on December 31 and January 1, and rains from December 31 night, which is likely to relieve severe cold day conditions,” Kuldeep Shrivastava, the head of the Regional Weather Forecasting Centre in Delhi, was quoted by local media as saying.
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Floods in Hayle, Cornwall, December 2019. Photo: Photo: St Ives Community Fire Station
Further heavy rain from 19 to 20 December flooded roads in parts of South East England. Heavy rain also triggered landslips along railway lines, severely disrupting train services, according to BBC reports.
Flooding caused chaos on roads in Essex, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk in East England. Parts of the M23 motorway near Crawley were closed, disrupting traffic to Gatwick Airport.
Drivers were rescued from flood waters near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex, and also in Suffolk, West Sussex and Kent. The small town of Edenbridge in Kent was flooded after the River Eden burst its banks.
Heavy rain and strong winds hit parts of southern England from 18 to 19 December, 2019, causing flash flooding which damaged homes and disrupted transport.
The worst hit area was Hayle in Cornwall, where as many as 50 homes and businesses were flooded. Cornwall Fire and Rescue were called in to help pump flooded areas.
A major road near Hayle was closed due to flooding, prompting Devon and Cornwall Police to declare a major incident. Several vehicles were stranded in the flood water. The road has since re-opened.
Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Due to recent heavy rain there is localised flooding across Devon and Cornwall making a number of roads impassable. Stay safe, drive with extra care, take notice of road closure signs and avoid driving into standing water at all times.”
Roads were also flooded near Dorchester in Dorset. Rail travel was disrupted after flooding near Southampton blocked railway lines and heavy rain triggered a landslip blocking railway tracks in Liss, Hampshire.
The UK’s Met Office has issued Yellow Level warnings for rain in parts of southern and eastern England until 22 December. As of 20 December there were 47 flood warnings and 194 flood alerts in place across England, mostly in the south and west.
Meanwhile media in Ireland reported that a storm, named Storm Elsa, caused flooding on the west coast late on 18 December, 2109. Storm surge, high waves combined with a high tide swamped parts of Galway City, including Salthill, The Spanish Arch and The Galway Docks. Dozens of cars were damaged.
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PEOPLE have been seen “people running and panicking” from Oxford Circus underground station in London.
Anthony Knight on Twitter said: “Chaos on #OxfordStreet #OxfordCircus – people sprinting out of the underground and diving into nearby shops. Never seen people run so fast. Very scary to watch after the events of today. What’s going on?”
Another person tweeted: “Just got evacuated from Oxford Circus tube.
“Don’t know what’s going on but obviously would recommend avoiding.”
Mary Whittaker described the experience as “terrifying” and said there had been a “burning” smell.
She tweeted:” Terrifying experience in #oxfordcircus tube station just now – smell of burning, all up escalators blocked off and people running in all directions trying to get out.
“Jumped on a train in the end. No idea what happened?!”
Police have responded to the scene, with one witness saying: “Pulled into #oxfordcircus tube stop and police everywhere at my door; people yelling and shouting and holding someone. Rather frightening given today’s events.
The incident comes as London is still reeling from a suspected terror attack this afternoon.
Police shot dead a knifeman on London Bridge after the suspect went on a stabbing frenzy.
Two members of the public have reportedly died from their injuries.
Police are treating the attack as terror-related.
The knifeman was wearing a “hoax explosive device”, Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations Neil Basu in a police statement in front of New Scotland Yard.
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ARMED police shot dead a terrorist on London Bridge after five people was injured in a horror stabbing frenzy in the capital. The knifeman was also wearing a hoax suicide vest, police have revealed, adding that at least two members of the public have died as a result of their injuries.
Panic spread through London Bridge at around 2pm this afternoon when the knifeman struck at innocent members of the public. he force said in a statement: “I can confirm at 2pm today police were called to a stabbing at a premises near to London Bridge. Emergency officers attended. A male suspect was shot by specialist armed officers from the City of London Police and I can confirm the suspect died at the scene.” The force saaid he was wearing a fake bomb vest.
Another person on Twitter added: “Loads of police going to London Bridge right now.”
The London Metropolitan Police said: “We are currently dealing with an incident at London Bridge.
“Please stand by for updates.”
Sniffer dogs are also at the scene.
Pictures show several police vans with officers in riot gear.
Initial reports state a man had been shot, but officers now state a suspect has been detained. Another person has been killed.
Another social media user said there was a “Huge amount of police”.
A police helicopter is also circling the area in the sky and police boats were also in use.
The bridge has been evacuated while the police investigate.
Witness Cecilia Sodero was on the top deck of a bus going over London Bridge when she heard shots and saw a man lying on the ground with a “very scary device, like a bomb device”.
“I was like okay, this is unusual, so me and the other passengers started looking outside, to see what’s going on, and we saw like six people holding someone on the floor,” she told Sky News.
“At some point someone says ‘oh, he has a knife’, and we were like, oh my gosh, this guy is supposed to stab someone and people was running away.
“The police officers finally they removed the knife. But then what happened is when they shot the guy, the guy is still alive, and they shoot and he’s trying to pull the black jacket off so I was able to see the vest that he was wearing. And it seems like a very scary device, like a bomb device, at that point we just ran away from the bus, crossing the bridge in the other direction. The whole thing was very scary to be honest.”
Some witnesses have claimed a man has been shot, while Sky News reported one person has died. However, it is not known if this was the knifeman or an innocent member of the public.
This is yet to be confirmed by Scotland Yard.
Video footage from the scene shows armed police officers running towards London Bridge and shouting at people to “get inside”.
More dramatic video footage also shows a man laying on the ground with armed police standing over him.
Footage from the scene showf a white HGV lorry across the central reservation heading into incoming traffic.
Police cars were seen blocking off the southbound carriageway while traffic was gridlocked heading north, away from London Bridge station and into the City.
Armed police officers were seen moving along the footpath, which has terror bollards in place, towards London Bridge. One video shows what appears to be police pulling equipment out of a vehicle nearby.
Those in the video can be heard saying: “They’ve actually got guns out. They’ve got the guns out.”
The attack comes nearly two and a half years since the capital was rocked by a terror attack which left 11 people dead – including all three terrorists.
Political commentator Owen Jones tweeted: “I’m near London Bridge, looks like a bad incident – people running, police yelling ‘keep moving’, lots of emergency services, area cordoned off. Stay safe everyone.”
BBC correspondent John McManus told BBC News that he had heard several gunshots on London Bridge.
“Just a few minutes ago I was walking across London Bridge on the south bank to the north bank of the bridge,” he said.
“There appeared to be a fight going on on the other side of the bridge, with several men attacking one man.”
Workers in the London Bridge area state they are being kept inside their places of work.
One worker told Sky News they could see a woman being carried from the bridge.
Police are still demanding people “move away” from the area.
Another worker in one of the offices near to the bridge say the atmosphere is “tense” and officers are telling employees to “stay away” from the windows.
One eye witness told Sky news: “We saw lots of police cars head towards the bridge.
“We saw a man on the ground with people pointing guns at him.
“At that point we were escorted away from the window.”
Police have cordoned off nearby Tooley Street, while trains are also not running from London Bridge train or Tube stations.
The British Transport Police said on Twitter: “We are aware of an incident at #LondonBridge and are assisting our colleagues at @metpoliceuk.
“London Bridge station is currently closed and trains are none stopping.
“Please check with @metpoliceuk for further updates.”
Another video taken from inside a bus on London Bridge showed three armed police officers pointing down the west-side footpath.
Videos taken from people stuck on busses at the scene show a crowd flocking around an injured person at the Monument side of the Bridge.
Workers told Sky News they are now being evacuated from buildings.
Police have also been pictured on boats on the Thames.
They are reported to be stopping traffic on the water also.
The London Ambulance service also released a statement.
It read: “We have now declared a major incident and have a number of crews at the scene in London Bridge.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is being kept updated on the “major incident”.
He said in a statement from No10: “I’m being kept updated on the incident at London Bridge and want to thank the police and all emergency services for their immediate response.”
People in offices continue to be evacuated.
The Met Police say the incident is an “isolated attack” and there will not be further instances.
They added the incident is “terror-related”.
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Flooding along the Gurk River in Austria, November 2019. Photo: Feuerwehr Gurk
Heavy rain and snow in parts of Austria has caused flooding and landslides leaving 2 people injured and 1 dead.
Austria’s met agency Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG), said some areas of Upper Carinthia, East Tyrol and the southern regions of Salzburg have seen 200 to 300mm of rain between 15 and 17 November.
News agency APA reported that one person died after a landslide in Bad Kleinkirchheim, district of Spittal an der Drau, in the state of Carinthia. The landslide occurred early on 18 November, almost completely destroying the house.
Elsewhere, a landslide in Bad Gastein, St. Johann im Pongau district, Salzburg state, destroyed 2 houses and injured 2 people.
Heavy rain has increased levels of the Gurk river in St. Veit an der Glan, Carinthia, where around 15 buildings have been evacuated by firefighters. As of 18 November the Gurk river at Weitensfeld (Ost) stood at 3.13 metres.
The severe weather has interrupted rail transport and power supply. Some parts of southern Austria were cut off after heavy snowfall.
ZAMG said more rain and snowfall in the south of Austria was likely on 19 November, although but not as extreme as in the last days.
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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.”
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