December 2015 has been recently dubbed as the wettest month ever recorded in the UK. This is due to Britain being hit by high tides, floods and strong winds, causing much damage and unrest, especially in the northern England and Wales. On the 5th of December, Britain witnessed Storm Desmond devastate parts of Cumbria with more than a month’s rain, leading to flooding in Carlisle and other areas. 7 days later, over 70 flood warnings were issued, there was more heavy rain, and the river levels remained high. December continued with the more than 100 flood alerts and warnings issued across England and Wales, Storm Eva bringing more torrential rain, evacuations of residents in West Yorkshire and Lancashire, and floods hitting Leeds, Greater Manchester and York.
During the course of these natural disasters, AKF’s regional offices have been well situated and supplied in their ability to provide relief and emergency support to the flood victims in northern England. With the support of over a hundred volunteers, AKF have been on the ground establishing manual set ups and providing much-needed supplies. AKF was also able to help clean up the flood using vital equipment and supplies, and distributing food to flood victims in Bolton, Rochdale and Cumbria. As a result, AKF have helped over 500 families across Rochdale in the Boxing Day floods that swept through the streets. AKF’s Chairman and Founder Imam Qasim has also been personally visiting flood affected areas in York and Tadcaster.