Electrical storm leaves three dead and blackouts in Britain | Europe update | DW

About 30,000 British homes were left without power on Wednesday in Scotland and northern England, five days after the passing of Storm Irwin that killed three people.

The storm, one of the strongest in decades, left hundreds of thousands of people without power as it passed north of the UK on Friday with gusts of up to 160 km/h.

The Energy Network Association (ENA) said that about 30,000 homes were without electricity on Wednesday morning, especially in remote and hard-to-reach areas. There are those who indicate that these homes can continue without electricity until the end of the week.

Help the victims

Shelters and hot food distribution centers have been established for those affected. Energy operators work in coordination with rescue services, local authorities and the British Red Cross.

Companies Minister Kwasi Kwarting said Storm Irwin was a phenomenon “not seen in 60 years”.

“We have incredibly dedicated teams of engineers working around the clock to rebuild the network,” he told lawmakers.

Police said three men were killed by falling trees in northwest England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

EL (afp)

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