PICS: Floods wreak havoc in northern England, India

2015-12-07 08:51
A member of the British army helps a woman carry belongings through a flooded street in Carlisle, northern England. (Paul Ellis, AFP)

A member of the British army helps a woman carry belongings through a flooded street in Carlisle, northern England. (Paul Ellis, AFP)

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London - Several floods around the world over the weekend have caused severe damage in both northern England and India.

Britain's army was called in to help people evacuate from their homes over the weekend, as stormy weather left parts of the country severely flooded.

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Storm Desmond hit the north-east of the United Kingdom on Saturday. About 60 000 homes in northern regions were left without power and electricity.

Members of the British army assisted the emergency services in northern England, after British Prime Minister David Cameron assured Britons on Twitter that the armed services would be sent into affected towns.

One man was killed on Sunday in the UK floods.

In India, severe floods hit the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Flood relief and rescue operations were under way after the death toll in the region's heaviest seasonal rains in 100 years reached 269.

18 hospital patients were killed after rainwaters knocked out generators and switched off ventilators, officials said on Saturday.

- Read: Floods turn Chennai into an island

Scroll through to see pictures of the devastation in both countries...

Members of the British army assist the emergency services in a flooded street in Carlisle, northern England. (Paul Ellis, AFP)

Floods in India

Pictures by AFP

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