UK flooding leaves hundreds homeless

  • 27/12/2015

While New Zealanders are enjoying the sunshine, hundreds have been forced out of their homes as parts of England fall victim to floods.

Residents were forced to evacuate on Saturday (local time) after torrential rain caused flooding across Lancashire and West Yorkshire, with high waters even reaching Manchester and Leeds, The Guardian reports.

The Met Office warned up to five inches of rain could fall over the weekend, with the Met Office and the Environment Agency (EA) releasing warnings with a "danger to life".

The River Aire flowing through Leeds is expected to reach a peek around 11pm today.

A gas explosion was also reported in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, in relation to the floods.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue service, working in some of the worst-affected areas, said it had been called out to around 350 incidents and had rescued 50 people, according to The Guardian.

Fire crews in Padiham had to evacuate their own station after river water poured in.

More than 10,000 homes in Greater Manchester lost their electricity supply.

A spokesperson for the Local Government Agency says they were doing all they could to provide accommodation for people homeless after the flooding, but the Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron says they need to do more.

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