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Disease fears in Britain as floodwaters recede

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Disease fears in Britain as floodwaters recede

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Floodwaters are finally receding across England, but the government is now more worried about health risks and is warning people to stay out of the stagnant water. It fears a cocktail of dangerous bacteria, including E.Coli and salmonella, could be left behind.

With the emergency services overstretched, homeowners have taken it into their own hands to save their properties, building sandbag protections and installing water pumps. People are trying to get back to normal but hundreds remain in emergency shelters and have no idea when they will be able to go home.

The biggest logistical problem remains clean drinking water. Free bottled supplies are being handed out. Some 1,000 mobile water tanks have been made available. Red Cross food parcels are also being distributed. Profiteers have been criticised by the government for selling the free water and provisions at inflated prices. Meteorologists say the last three months in Britain have been the wettest since records began.