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Flood fears in UK as storm persists

Storm Dennis is still causing problems, with dozens of people forced to leave their homes overnight due to fears of further flooding in the United Kingdom. More than 400 homes and businesses are under water, with south Wales, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire among the worst affected regions. Police have warned of an unprecedented emergency in some areas close to the River Severn where defences built after the 2007 floods to withstand a 100-year event could be overwhelmed. 

Meanwhile, police have found the body of a woman who was swept away by floodwater when her car became stuck in Worcestershire. The family of 55-year-old Yvonne Booth say they’re devastated, reports BBC.

More rain is expected in parts of the UK later this week, with two yellow Met Office weather warnings issued for north and south Wales for Wednesday evening. How can flooding be stopped? Read more . And how are weather forecasts made? BBC Weather’s Nick Miller explains.

Labour has called on the prime minister to chair a meeting of Cobra – the government’s emergency committee – accusing him of “refusing” to visit affected communities. A Cobra meeting was held when parts of the UK saw flooding in the run-up to the 2019 general election, but the government says one isn’t needed “at this point”.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.