The powerful storm in Britain has so far claimed two lives. Many thousands have been evacuated from homes hit by the flooding and over 40,000 were late Monday night still without power.
British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the city of Carlisle in Cumbria in northwestern England on Monday. Cumbria, which houses the Lake District National Park, is worst affected by the flooding. In some places, 340 millimeters of rain has fallen in just 24 hours. This corresponds to 34 10 liter buckets per square meter.
Schools, hospital services, roads, and several thousand homes have been affected by the floods.
Cameron says the devastation is severe and that many of the flood victims can not move back home before Christmas. It is expected heavy rainfall in the northwest of England also in the coming days.
The flooding in Cumbria took its first lives when an elderly man fell into the river Kent near the town of Kendal, and was found dead, drifting in the river. Also in Northern Ireland the storm has ravaged Desmond, where a 70 year old man lost his life when his car got stuck in the flood. He was taken by the water when he went out of the car, reports the BBC.
Scotland is also affected by the flooding. Flood warning has been issued for 20 Scottish rivers and several roads are closed due to the flooding.
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