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Heavy rain in UK poses danger after fatal mudslide

More heavy rain in the UK could cause danger to life and travel disruption after a person died in a mudslide on Wednesday, the British Met Office has warned.

Showers will continue to batter parts of the UK as yellow and amber warnings for rain remain in place across the UK on Thursday.

On Wednesday, North Yorkshire Police said a person died following a mudslide in Carlton-in-Cleveland at around 1.15 p.m.

In a statement, the police said: “we can confirm that one person has sadly died as a result of the incident.

“Our thoughts are with their family and friends during this difficult time.”

The Met Office said the area had seen almost a month’s worth of rain in the past day, with 41.6 millimetres of rain recorded over the last 24 hours in Loftus, a town 20 miles (32 kilometres) away.

Simon Partridge, a forecaster at the Met Office, said: “the average monthly rainfall for May in North Yorkshire is 57.5mm, so they’ve almost had a month’s worth of rainfall today.”

Carlisle in Cumbria experienced the worst of the rainfall, with 65.6 millimetres falling over the previous 24 hours.

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