The number of people in the UK facing floods during the winter is more than the population of Birmingham and Manchester combined, according to a new report.
The report, published by campaign organisation The Climate Coalition and the Priestley International Centre for Climate, warns that the UK is already seeing wetter winters and more frequent and intense weather extremes due to climate change. Around 1.8 million people are now living in areas with significant risk of flooding.
Researchers found the likelihood of extreme rainfall happening in the UK had increased by approximately 40 per cent because of climate change.
The report comes weeks after floods wreaked havoc for thousands of households in Yorkshire and the Midlands, with a month’s worth of rain falling in some parts of South Yorkshire in November.
The Climate Coalition called for improved flood defences in vulnerable areas, and for the Government to ensure new homes are compatible with a net zero emissions target and energy-efficient to reduce the UK’s contribution to climate warning.
Sarah Croft, campaigns manager at Catholic aid agency CAFOD, told The Catholic Universe: “This report shows how once-in-a-generation events have become a regular reality for communities here in the UK.
“It demonstrates how the climate crisis is no longer something that belongs in the future but is already with us.
“We need the government to put in place the measures recommended in this report so we can protect our own homes and also our common home from the impacts of the climate crisis.
“It’s particularly important the government does this and leads the way as the host of this year’s UN climate talks,” Ms Croft added.
Picture: A flood warning sign. (Ben Birchall/PA).