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The Prime Minister is set to chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee after severe flooding in parts of the country where rain is finally expected to ease on Tuesday afternoon.

Severe flooding hit several areas in Yorkshire and the East Midlands last week with areas around the River Don near Doncaster worst affected after the river burst its banks.

Downpours last week meant several areas in Yorkshire and the East Midlands were struck by a month’s worth of rain in a single day.

Around half the 700 residents of Fishlake, near Doncaster, left the village and those who stayed behind have faced waist-high floods.

The Cobra (Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms) meeting will take place on Tuesday afternoon and comes after Jeremy Corbyn sent a letter to Boris Johnson urging him to convene the emergency response committee.

“If this had happened in Surrey, not Yorkshire or the East Midlands, it seems far more likely that a national emergency would have been declared,” the Labour leader wrote, adding that he disagreed with the PM’s assessment at the weekend that the flooding was not a national emergency.

Boris Johnson uses a mop on a visit to flood-hit Derbyshire (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)


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