Moscow. December 30. Damage to the UK economy from recent floods can be from 1.6 to 2.2 billion pounds ($2,37-about 3.26 billion), the Financial Times writes with reference to the assessment of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
About 1-1,2 billion pounds of this amount will be covered by insurance payments, analysts say. In addition, the British government promised to send to the flood protection 2.3 billion pounds.
As a result of floods caused by prolonged rains in the Northern part of great Britain, more than 10 thousand homes were left without electricity, evacuated thousands of people, closed several bridges, one of them destroyed. To help rescue abandoned soldiers and volunteers.
Meanwhile, the meteorologists are saying about the approaching storm Frank, which may aggravate the current situation. In various areas in the North of the country there are more than 100 warnings about the threat of flooding. According to the forecasts BBC Weather in some places could fall to 120 mm of rainfall. At night, the speed of wind gusts reached 130 km/h.
The flood situation, the Prime Minister of great Britain David Cameron has described as “unprecedented”, has caused a fierce criticism of the authorities. Over the past few years the cost of flood protection was reduced, and many people call this behavior reckless, as environmentalists have repeatedly warned about the likely increase in the frequency of natural disasters due to global warming.