Flood hit residents in Doncaster have been forced to abandon homes with waist high flooding continuing for almost a week in Fishlake and other areas. Heavy rainfall hit parts of the UK last week and flooding remains widespread with further rains expected. Residents say they were not warned of the dangers to come which led to many to evacuate their homes. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Following the decision to call in the army to support flood hit communities, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Stainforth in Doncaster where residents have been among the worst hit. His visit was snubbed by many due to arriving late at the scene and not providing help sooner for those in need. Johnson visited the Fishlake area where some residents have been forced to abandon their homes. Around 100 army personnel and staff from the Environment Agency have been called in to support the flood relief effort. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Phill Bedford, a member of Stainforth Town Council.
South Yorkshire Community Foundation’s appeal for funds to support those affected by the recent floods has raised £80,000 so far towards their £250,000 target. The flood disaster appeal is intended to provide urgent support to people who have been displaced from their homes or suffered property damage in Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley and Sheffield. The foundation has been operating for over 33 years and have previously raised and distributed over 29 million pounds in grants to projects in South Yorkshire, including am earlier flood appeal in 2007 when the region also experienced devastating floods. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Ruth Willis, chief executive for South Yorkshire Community Foundation.
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A new flood defence system has been installed in the Lower Don Valley ten years after devastating floods left many business and homes flooded. Sheffield Live reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Councillor Bryan Lodge and Richard Ryan, executive director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.
Over 1,000 people are reported to have died in recent floods in Pakistan. Many millions have been directly affected. In the aftermath of the floods there is a serious risk to survivors from potentially deadly diseases which will spread as a result of contaminated surface and drinking water.
Sheffield Live! is supporting the UK Disasters and Emergency Committee (DEC) Pakistan Floods Appeal with broadcast announcements in English and Urdu running throughout this month. The money raised will help support the efforts in Pakistan of the DEC’s members which are leading UK aid agencies.
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