Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Flooding forces Cameron to cancel Mideast visit

ritish Prime Minister David Cameron has canceled a visit to the Middle East next week to deal with the flooding crisis in his country's south.

Heavy rains have been drenching Wales and southern England since December. Some areas saw triple their usual rainfall last month.

The British government said the record heavy rains have caused rivers to flood, inundating about 5,800 houses over the past 2 months.

Authorities issued the highest flood warning for areas along the River Thames on Sunday. Some roads and homes in areas about 30 kilometers upriver from London were flooded, and it is feared that the damage may spread.

Prime Minister Cameron told reporters in London on Tuesday that the government had deployed 1,600 troops to the disaster-hit areas. He said whatever money is needed for this relief will be spent.

The rain stopped on Tuesday but is expected to become heavier again after Wednesday.