LONDON. – Storm Christopher has caused heavy flooding in England and Wales in the early hours of this Thursday and has come to endanger the town of Bangor-On-Dee, in northeast Wales, where the vaccine against covid-19 is manufactured from the University of Oxford and AstraZéneca, according to official sources.
The heavy snows and rains that have fallen throughout the early hours of this Thursday in England and Wales have caused the evacuation of around 2,000 homes in the towns of Didsbury and Northenden, on the outskirts of Manchester, according to the City Council of the British city.
Homes have also been evacuated in the towns of Bangor-On-Dee and Ruthin, in North Wales, and in Maghull, in the west of England.
The mayor of the Welsh county of Wrexham (where Bangor-On-Dee is located), Mark Pritchard, stated that the teams have worked to ensure that the COVID-19 vaccine from the University of Oxford and AstraZéneca that is manufactured in the polygon Wrexham’s industrial estate was not affected by the flooding.
“We had to work collaboratively to make sure we didn’t lose our vaccines in the floods, it was a difficult night for us,” Pritchard acknowledged on BBC Wales.
“Around 05.00 in the morning (GMT time), the water surrounded our buildings, but thanks to the precautions taken the vaccine is safe,” added the pharmaceutical company Wockhardt, owner of the facilities where the vaccine against covid- 19 in Wrexham County.
The Wales Natural Resources Center said the River Dee, which runs through the town of Bangor-On-Dee, has reached its highest water level on record since a meter was installed in 1996.
Among the personal injuries caused by storm Christopher, this morning a body was found in the River Taff off Cardiff, the Welsh capital. The area has been cordoned off while the Welsh emergency services investigate, according to the BBC.