Thunderstorms flood London streets, Tube stations and hospitals hit

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Jul 26, 2021, 01:06 PM(IST)

Flooded streets of London Photograph:( Reuters )

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Twitter that emergency services were fighting  "significant flooding across London"

As a result of repeated thunderstorms battering the British capital on Sunday, buses and cars were left stranded on flooded roads in London.

Emergency services were battling "significant flooding across London", Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted, adding that all public transport services were affected and advising people to avoid walking or driving through flooded areas. 

There were a lot of videos of partially submerged vehicles in southwest London on social media, with more heavy rain set to fall as a band of thunderstorms made its way across southeast England. The Met has issued amber weather warning London and surrounding counties until 7 pm local time

It warned there was a risk of lightning strikes and flooding, with up to 10 centimetres (four inches) of rain forecast to fall in some areas, almost double the monthly average for July.

Police closed a road near Queenstown Road station in southwest London, where three double-decker London buses were stuck under a railway bridge, according to an AFP journalist.

A driver, who gave his name as Eric, said  passengers had to get off after his bus started taking on water. 

Other motorists in Walthamstow, northeast London, abandoned their vehicles as the rain hammered down.

Police said they were "currently dealing with numerous floods in the east," warning that tunnels and roundabouts were submerged.

(With inputs from agencies)

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