INTERNATIONAL: Troops deployed as record breaking flood hits UK

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2015-12-27 14_03_23-Hundreds evacuated after flooding – as it happened _ Environment _ The GuardianBBC – Some 500 soldiers have now been brought in to deal with “unprecedented” flooding in Yorkshire and Lancashire.

A thousand more are on stand-by after David Cameron vowed to help people in “their hour of need”.

Rescuers have been evacuating homes in York where water levels are still rising, and thousands of people in north-west England are without power.

There are scores of flood warnings in England, Wales and Scotland – more than 20 severe, meaning danger to life.

On Sunday, the government said it was deploying a further 200 soldiers to affected areas on top of the 300 who were already on the ground.

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