David Cameron has cancelled his scheduled visit to Israel next week to respond to the ongoing flooding crisis.

The prime minister announced the move during a press conference as fourteen flood warnings remain in place in Berkshire and Surrey. Around 1,000 homes along the Thames have been evacuated.

Cameron – who had been due to hold talks with Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas during the two-day trip – said he had apologised to both leaders for the cancellation.

He told reporters: “Nothing is more important than dealing with these floods.”