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LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn slammed government inaction on flooding today, warning that the Prime Minister’s refusal to visit devastated communities showed his “true colours.”
The comments came as flood-hit communities were braced for further heavy rain as river levels continued to rise, threatening to breach flood barriers.
Hundreds of properties have been flooded and at-risk areas evacuated in England and Wales after the downpour brought to Britain by Storm Dennis, which also took the lives of five people.
Mr Corbyn said: “In refusing to visit flood-hit communities, nowhere-to-be-seen Boris Johnson is showing his true colours by his absence.
“Failing to convene [emergency committee] Cobra to support flood-hit communities sends a very clear message: if the Prime Minister is not campaigning for votes in a general election he simply does not care about helping communities affected by flooding, especially communities that have repeatedly been flooded in recent years.”
The Islington North MP called the government’s response “wholly inadequate” and said it “fails to grasp the scale” of the deepening climate crisis.
He said: “The government has failed to protect the most vulnerable communities, who have been so badly let down time and time again, and ministers have failed to put in place longer-term flood-prevention strategies to protect communities from the consequences of extreme weather conditions.”
Mr Corbyn will visit south Wales on Thursday to speak to communities affected by Storm Dennis, meet residents and support relief and recovery work.
Yesterday Welsh Water asked people in Monmouth to reduce their drinking water usage after a treatment centre was flooded, and neighbours on the Wye Valley Road travelled to a nearby supermarket by canoe to pick up their food shopping.
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