Evacuations follow severe flooding in County Cork

Flooded shopping centre Douglas Shopping Centre was badly hit by flooding which followed heavy overnight rain

Severe flooding in Cork has led to evacuations from some parts of the county, with Clonakilty and Douglas among the worst affected areas.

The Irish state broadcaster, RTE, reported that there is "no access in or out of Clonakilty, while Douglas village is under a metre of water".

Homes have been evacuated in parts of Ballyvolane and there is also flooding in counties Sligo and Tipperary.

It has been the wettest month of June on record in the Republic of Ireland.

A spokeswoman for Met √Čireann, the Irish National Meteorological Service, said there was between 50mm and 70mm of rain in some of the worst affected areas on Wednesday night.

The rainfall led to some rivers bursting their banks and many homes and businesses have been badly damaged.

The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) is trying to restore electricity to customers following widespread power cuts and has appealed to residents in Cork to conserve energy while engineers work on the faults.

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