A massive emergency operation is underway to rescue people from floods in central and south-west England. The armed forces are also engaged in an effort to get clean water to more than a quarter of a million people who have been left stranded.
The government says up to five million bottles of water a day will be distributed until normal tap supplies are restored. However, as that may not happen for another two weeks, authorities have urged people in the worst-hit areas not to panic. Although water levels have receded in some areas due to pumping efforts, forecasters say they expect more showers across England throughout the week, with heavy rainfall predicted for Thursday.
Flood crisis operation continues in England