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Fears for dam amid flooding chaos in England

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Fears for dam amid flooding chaos in England

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Emergency services in northern England are battling to prevent a dam bursting and flooding several villages. It comes after days of torrential rain that have left huge swathes of the south Yorkshire region under water. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes near Rotherham after part of the dam collapsed.

Engineers are pumping water from the reservoir to relieve pressure on the wall. Similar emergency operations are taking place elsewhere. Three people have been killed in separate incidents across the region. The city of Sheffield is among the worst affected places. Much of it was inundated after several rivers burst their banks. Authorities say extensive damage has been caused to the urban area.