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Storm Callum buffets Wales, leaving one dead

Storm Callum buffets Wales, leaving one dead

One person has been killed in a landslide after storm Callum battered Wales and the western parts of Britain. A Met Office alert warned of danger to life from fast-flowing, deep floodwater and power cuts, and said some communities were threatened with being cut off completely. Dyfed-Powys police said it was “dealing with” a landslip…


One person has been killed in a landslide after storm Callum batteredWalesand the western parts of Britain. A Met Office alert warned of danger to life from fast-flowing, deep floodwater and power cuts, and said some communities were threatened with being cut off completely.

Dyfed-Powys police said it was “dealing with” a landslip at Cwmduad between Carmarthen and Cardigan, where a person was confirmed dead at the scene.

Carmarthenshire is one of the areas worst hit by storm Callum, as torrential rain has caused rivers to burst their banks and flood towns and villages. The river Towy burst its banks on Saturday and the level is critically high.

A Carmarthenshire council spokesperson urged people to stay away from flood areas. “Please do not put your safety at risk. In areas worst affected by floods, we advise people not to drive unless absolutely essential in order to help the emergency services.” Carmarthenshire, Powys and Ceredigion are the worst affected areas.

The strongest gust of wind in the UK on Saturday was recorded at Milford Haven, as gusts of 60mph (97kmh) battered the Pembrokeshire coast. Residents of 29 homes on Canal Side in Aberdulais, near Neath, have been advised to leave their homes because of high river levels.

Emergency services said they had received multiple reports of livestock being carried away or trapped by floodwater. The worst incident occurred at Pontargothi in Carmarthenshire, where almost 100 sheep were washed away.

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A Met Office spokesman said Wales was still on a yellow alert for possible flooding last night. A yellow rain alert covering parts of Scotland, the West Midlands and north-west England was also in place. Capel Curig in Conwy was among the wettest places in the UK with 46.2mm (1.6ins) of rain.

“We could see up to 100mm of rain for some places of western Wales, and southern Wales is a main area of concern. We could see up to 200mm or more in some localised areas here that could bring more flooding,” meteorologist Simon Partridge said.

Aneurin Cox, of Natural Resources Wales, said: “We have looked at the records and we are looking at records about 30 years ago when we had an event of this size and significance.”

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