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Flu 'has arrived in Wales'

Computer graphic of flu virus. Credit: DPA DEUTSCHE PRESS-AGENTUR/DPA/PA Images

Public Health Wales say flu has arrived in Wales.

Officials say it is unlikely that the virus is circulating widely yet, but 17 cases have so far been confirmed compared to six at the same time last year.

Statistics available so far this year are concerning – we have seen more cases of confirmed flu, but fewer people taking up the vaccine. This is a very worrying combination.

Having the flu vaccination remains the best protection against flu, and I am strongly and very seriously urging all those who are in key health risk groups to get it now, if they haven’t already done so. Most years the vaccine gives protection against three different types of flu virus and we have already identified these three types of flu in Wales this autumn.

– Dr Richard Roberts, Public Health Wales


Search for woman continues

Firefighters say a meeting will be held later to discuss the next stage in a search for a woman who's thought to have been spotted in the River Usk at Brecon.

Boats and a helicopter have been involved in the search for the 51 year-old. Police, firefighters and mountain rescue will meet later.

Across Powys there were 30 flooding incidents and 8 people rescued from vehicles.


Drivers stranded in car park after Royal Welsh Winter Fair

A number of cars have been stranded because of flooding after the first day of the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells.

Flooding in Builth Wells Credit: Greg Philip Thomas

The event is due to continue as planned tomorrow, but the Royal Welsh Society said on Monday night it was helping visitors to get home safely.

Emergency services in Mid Wales say they've had a number of calls this evening of cars getting stuck in deep waters.

They've urged people to only make essential journeys.

'Urgent' advice issued to drivers after flooding makes for treacherous conditions

Police have issued an urgent warning to drivers after flooding and heavy winds have made conditions treacherous.

They've appealed to motorists to only make 'absolutely essential journeys', after reports of a number of people getting into difficulty in deep water.

A number of stretches of road in Powys are under water and unpassable – particularly the A483 Welshpool and Four Crosses, A495 Meifod to Llanymynech and the Builth Wells area.

Driving conditions throughout the county are treacherous, and police are appealing to motorists to only make absolutely essential journeys.

We are also appealing to all motorists to heed road signs indicating a road is closed or flooded, as we are getting a number of reports of people ignoring these signs and then getting into difficulty in the deep water. We already have people stuck in their vehicles.

Due to these problems, all the emergency services are heavily committed, therefore we are urging the public to help protect themselves by listening to advice. Further information and advice is available by following us on Twitter

– Spokesperson, Dyfed Powys Police

A major search is currently ongoing for a 51-year-old woman, thought to be in the River Usk.

51-year-old missing woman thought to be in river

A person spotted in the River Usk this evening is thought to be a 51-year-old woman from Brecon.

On Monday evening police in the area received a missing report.

Soon after they received reports a woman had been spotted by members of the public in the River Usk in the town.

A major search operation is currently underway.

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