Humanitarian crisis: thousands without power, food and drinking water
UPDATE; 26th July 2007. A warning that bogus water officials are preying on flood victims.
UPDATE; 24th July 2007. More than 340,000 people in Gloucestershire will be without clean running water for up to two weeks because of flooding at Severn Trent water treatment plant at Tewkesbury. They have set up 400 mini water tankers with a fleet of 40 tankers refilling them round the clock.
The British Red Cross has raised £300,000 for victims of the floods in the first hour of the appeal whilst dozens of Red Cross volunteers are distributing food and water via boats.
People who would like to donate to the appeal can log on to: National Floods Appeal
The Queen says she is shocked and deeply concerned by the devastation and the Government has promised £45m to the recovery fund for local authorities.
Gordon Brown has announced a review into the devastating floods sweeping the country as a major humanitarian operation gets underway to provide food and clean drinking water to washed out communities.
Warning as Thames rises 3ft in 12 hours and thousands of families are left without power; Britain's flood crisis deepened today as thousands of homeowners were issued with a new flood evacuation alert.
Fears were growing that rivers including the River Thames and the River Severn could burst their banks. The Thames in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, rose three feet in less than 12 hours today and with parts of the town already badly hit after the River Ock burst its banks, householders were fearing the worst.
The Environment Agency warned people had to be ready to leave their homes if heavy rain continued. It came as figures showed this month is set to be the wettest July on record. The Met Office said some areas have already had twice as much rain as the July average of 6.2cm and there is a good chance that the record of 14.51cm, recorded in July 1988, would be surpassed.
Water levels continue to rise to a 'critical level' with nine severe flood warnings in place across the country. Met Office: UK: severe weather warnings
The floodwater is not expected to peak until tomorrow night, sparking yet more misery for those cut off from clean water and power.
The area suffered a further blow yesterday when 350,000 people were told there would be no tap water because a treatment plant at Mythe near Tewkesbury has been contaminated.
Mr Brown said the review would focus on drainage and how the infrastructure could be protected against further flooding.
Beleaguered local authorities are also set to receive extra funding to pay for emergency work to deal with the flooding.
Mr Brown also announced that the Government would increase the amount of money spent on flood and coastal defences across the country.
The latest floods come as scientists prepare to confirm the link between the recent Flash floods and Climate change. The results of a major new study of climate change and its effects will be published in Wednesday's journal Nature. Details of the study and its findings are under embargo until then.
This morning, thousands of families woke up without electricity after a flooded power station was switched off.
The Prime Minister today saw at first hand the devastation caused. Gordon Brown flew by helicopter over the stricken county of Gloucestershire where thousands of people have been left without clean water.
Fears that mains water supplies could be cut for up to three days in some areas sparked panic-buying of bottled water
Soldiers and firemen delivered food parcels and set up soup kitchens in towns cut off by some of the worst flooding in 50 years.
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