A flood watch alert has been issued for the river Cherwell following heavy rain this winter; the flood watch covers the full length of the river. The Environment Agency has also issued flood watches for the River Ock, the River Ray, the Thame, Windrush and the Envenlode. Flood watch is the agency’s first level alert system warning that low-lying land is at risk of flooding and that householders should keep an eye on water levels near their properties; people have been warned not to attempt to swim or drive through the river. The flood risk for the Thame has reduced and on Saturday, the flood risk was lifted. However, if the downpours continue, then it is possible that the alert will once more be raised. Seven rivers in Oxfordshire are still on high alert. More rain is expected today and the Environment Agency expects that river levels will continue to rise. Those who are worried about flooding can see the Agency’s website, or call Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
New Delhi, Sep 22 (PTI) An account of Sri Lankas civil war by Indian author Samanth Subramanium has been longlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize, one of United Kingdoms most prestigious award for non-fiction. Subramaniums book “This Divided Island” is among the 12 books longlisted for the 20,000 pounds worth prize whose shortlist will be announced in October during the London Literature Festival and the winner in November, publishers Penguin Random House said in a statement today. “The book tracks the rise of militant Buddhism, driven by monk politicians who hold extraordinary, extreme opinions,” publishers said. Driven by curiosity about the scars and legacies of a long war, Subramanian moved to Sri Lanka in 2011 and over the next year, he travelled across the island, and through Sri Lankan communities living overseas, talking to hundreds of people about how their lives were twisted out of shape by the war. The prize is open to authors of all non-fiction books in current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography autobiography and the arts. Subramanium, a Delhi-based journalist won the 2010 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize for his first book of narrative non-fiction “Following Fish: Travels around the Indian Coast”, which was also shortlisted for the 2013 Andre Simon Prize. This years judging panel, chaired by the Pulitzer prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum also longlisted the books “Guantanamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, “Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life by Jonathan Bate”, “Black Earth” by Tim Snyder, “Fighters in the Shadows by Robert Gildea”, “The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq” by Emma Sky. “Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia” by Peter Pomerantsev, “The Four Dimensional Human” by Laurence Scott, “Landmarks” by Robert McFarlane, “The Planet Remade” by Oliver Morton, ” Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism” by Steve Silberman and “The Four-Dimensional Human” by Laurence Scott complete the shortlist. PTI ANS TRS ANS DKadvertisement