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Dead body ‘spotted’ in river as Storm Christoph batters the UK

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A dead body is believed to have been spotted floating in a flooded river near Cardiff Castle, Wales, sparking fears of the first casualty of Storm Christoph.

South Wales Police said they received a call from a concerned member of the public shortly after 9am, who believed they had seen a dead body floating in the river.

Officers are reportedly on site at the River Taff below Blackweir, Cardiff, and a cordon has been put in place while emergency services attend.

The South Wales Fire and Rescue are also in attendance and specially trained officers entered the river in search for the reported body this morning.

In a tweet, a spokesman for the Fire and Rescue Service said: "At approximately 9.46am on Thursday 21st January 2021 we received reports of an incident near North Road in Cathays, Cardiff.

"Two crews attended the scene and worked in support of South Wales Police.

"A stop message was received at 12.16pm."

People who do not live locally have been urged to stay away from the area to "not stretch our resources by adding to the problem.

River levels across Wales have been rising heavily overnight and there are two severe flood warnings, 29 flood warnings and 36 flood alerts in place for the country.

Residents of Bangor on Dee have been told to head to Ysgol Sant Dunawd for shelter after the severe flood warning was issued.

The River Dee, which runs through the village, was at its highest level since the water gauge became operational in 1996 – rising to 16.45m (54 ft).

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Danger to life flood warnings were issued across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, with the Environment Agency warning of "dangerously high levels" of water.

In Manchester, up to 3,000 properties are understood to have been affected, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging people to heed the advice of forecasters.

Mr Johnson said steps were being taken to ensure the transport and energy networks were prepared so that electricity outages would not be "severe" and that there were sufficient supplies of sandbags.

A more serious amber warning stretching from the East Midlands to the Lake District, with further warnings for snow and ice in Scotland.

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