Floods in London: Heavy rains hit hospitals, tube stations, closed roads during climate change conference-BBC News

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The north-east of the capital London as well as the city center were affected by heavy rains, flooding everywhere.

A series of heavy rains hit North East London in the UK and caused large areas of flooding. Some metro stations and highways have to be closed due to the disaster. At least two hospital emergency rooms have been affected. Public appeals for help to people must be transferred to other hospitals.

London Fire Brigade said as of Sunday July 25 they received around 300 alarm calls within hours, mostly involving basement and road flooding. There is currently no news that the flooding has claimed any victims.

At the time of the floods, senior officials from 51 countries around the world travel online or in person to London to participate in a two-day meeting to develop a negotiating framework for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland (COP26) to be held in November this year.

The road becomes a canal

Under heavy rains, flooding occurred in many areas of the British capital, the northeast being the most severe. In a large shopping center in the city of Stratford, where the main stadium for the London 2012 Olympics was located, managers and shopkeepers were busy cleaning up standing water.

Chris Date, a passenger on the Walthamstow bus, photographed the road flooding the sidewalk and described to the BBC: “It’s a canal, not a road.”

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The “canal” in the eyes of bus passenger Chris Date.

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The flooding mainly occurred in the northeast, but St. James’s Park in the city center has the highest rainfall in all of London.

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In London’s Nine Elms district, a motorcycle driver crossed the road and was flooded.

At least eight tube stations and one London Overground station have been closed due to flooding, crossing the River Thames, the Blackwall Tunnel, the A12 motorway and the North Circular. Some sections of the road will also be closed.

Transport for London urged the public to pay attention to official road conditions. The Metropolitan Police Special Police urged drivers not to move forward if they encounter water on the road in front of them.

St James’s Park in central London recorded 41.6 millimeters of rain on Sunday, making it “the wettest” place in the country.

Steven Keates, a meteorologist with the UK Meteorological Service, said the rainstorm was caused by the recent heat wave in the area as the air rose and cooled along with other drafts, storms and strong winds.

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings in at least three areas of Greater London and three clusters of areas in southern England, and 19 areas have issued minor flood warnings.

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Residents of Woodford, north-east London, have installed temporary watertight doors in front of their homes.

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Two women huddled under an umbrella in Parliament Square at Westminster Abbey, London.

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A cyclist waded through the water on Horse Guards Road in central London.

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Some cars and buses were unable to move due to the accumulation of water on the road.

weatherCountdown to the Summit of Change

At the time of the floods, representatives from 51 countries are discussing how to develop a negotiating framework to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius.

UK appointed COP26 President Alok Sharma (Cen Haowen) said: “We are all over the world, in front of everyone, and we clearly see the consequences when climate change gets out of hand. I hope that this meeting can be an opportunity to plan the vision for the final Glasgow COP26 agreement and to form unity among the ministers responsible for achieving this vision. “

However, leaders around the world are under great pressure as to whether coal can disappear from the realm of energy supply, in order to set more aggressive emission reduction targets, and the promises of those targets will not necessarily win. their own support.

Dr Sarah Ivory, lecturer on climate change at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, told the BBC: “If they cannot get these plans approved by their parliament, they can only make promises in a to a certain extent. In other words, promises don’t matter. These goals have very complicated practical procedures behind them. “

The COP26 conference is about to kick off hundreds of days. It is expected that negotiators from 196 countries around the world and the European Union will attend this conference to review and assess the progress made since the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, and summarize the lessons of failure.

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