Climate change and El Niño inundated the United Kingdom with over 200 flood alerts on Sunday afternoon, December 28, 2015, that included some 20 life-threatening “severe warnings.” In the affected areas of England, Wales and Scotland, Pennine towns between Leeds and Manchester took overflow from rivers up to five feet above their previous peak in record levels.
According to The Guardian, the cities of York, Leeds and Manchester were beset by the effects of climate change that led to the unprecedented evacuation of residents in the thousands. Three hundred soldiers conducted rescue operations in the worst-hit areas on Sunday, with a reinforcement of another 200 troops following.
Pumping equipment in York was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of floodwaters from the El Niño driven climate change. Major thoroughfares at the central part of Leeds were reported to be under water. In Greater Manchester, residents of about 7,000 homes had to make do without electricity.