Coronavirus: United Kingdom, facing worst recession on record, sees GDP drop 20.4% in Q2

The UK has seen its economy, hit by the coronavirus crisis, suffer a "record" contraction of 20.4% in the second quarter, and is officially facing its worst recession on record, agency figures show National Statistics (ONS), published Wednesday 12 August. 
Economists consider that a country enters a technical recession when it accumulates two consecutive quarters of contraction in its economy. According to the ONS, most of the contraction, which began to be felt in March, occurred in April, an entire month of containment and almost total cessation of activity in the country, which saw production collapsed by 20%.

With a very early recovery in construction sites and manufacturing activity, gross domestic product (GDP) rebounded in May by 2.4% (revised figure), followed by an acceleration in June (+8.7 %) thanks in particular to the reopening of all shops. This is the biggest contraction in the UK economy since the ONS began these quarterly statistics in 1955, he said…

Flooding is now under close surveillance in the metropolitan region and across the province | Canada

With rising levels in Lac Saint-Louis and Lac des Deux-Montagnes, flooding is under heavy surveillance in Quebec, particularly in the metropolitan area. In Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, the Sécurité publique du Québec reports "minor floods", with an increasing level. The Government of Quebec's Flood Monitoring System notes that despite minor floods, the level of Lake Saint-Pierre is falling. There are also minor floods in the Terrasse-Vaudreuil sector, overlooking the banks of Lac des Deux-Montagnes. At the level of Rigaud Bay, sector of the Ottawa River, minor floods are recorded, with a level decreasing.

Flooding is now under close surveillance in the metropolitan region and across the province

In the coming days, rain or snowfall is expected over much of the province. Conditions conducive to flooding. As of April 6, forecasts for the next 72 hours indicated a "stable and slight decrease" in throughput, particularly for the Carillon power station. In the Montreal agglomeration, it is recalled that 3000 residences are at risk in areas of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Ahuntsic-Cartierville, L’Île-Bizard – Sainte-Geneviève. Also at risk: the village of Senneville and the town of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.

From Tuesday, until April 16, prevention officers will visit the boroughs and cities affected by the floods last year, and in 2017. This is a prevention campaign that comes back every year for three years. In a press release, the mayoress of Montreal indicated that her administration is making arrangements to be ready to intervene. “Despite the current pandemic situation, the preparation of residents in high-risk areas is essential. We want to equip them so that they prepare to intervene quickly, as we prepare ourselves, "explained Valérie Plante.




Due to the pandemic, prevention officers will hang on the handles of residences information tools concerning the preventive measures to be taken, during and after possible floods. In the event of a flood, a safety plan is planned including the preparation of an emergency kit containing the basic items of a family for at least 72 hours. In 2019, more than 800 residences were affected by the spring flood. In some areas it is now impossible to build. Many remember the historic flood in the small municipality of Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac due to the rupture of a dike. It was rebuilt last fall.