U.K.’s Cameron Mobilizes Military to Help Storm-Affected Areas

Members of the British army assist the emergency services in a flooded street in Carlisle, on Dec. 6.

Photographer: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

The U.K. government has mobilized the army to help those affected by widespread floods caused by Storm Desmond, Prime Minister David Cameron said.

Cameron said Sunday that he had called a meeting of the government’s emergency COBRA committee “to ensure everything is done.”

The storm caused strong winds and heavy rain across parts of Scotland and north west England on Saturday and overnight into Sunday. Police in the county of Cumbria declared a major incident.

The Environment Agency issued 130 flood warnings, of which over 50 were for severe conditions including a threat to life. Residents in some areas, especially Keswick in Cumbria, were evacuated from their homes.

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