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How the £50m flooding fund will be used in Cumbria and Lancashire

ITV News' Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen has more details on how the £50 million fund for families and businesses in flood-hit areas of Cumbria and Lancashire will be used.

  • £40 million will come from the treasury reserve, but £10 million will come from the departmental budget.
  • £10 million is to go on improving public flood defences and roads.
  • £5,000 will go to households to help improve their own flood defences, such as putting in better doors and windows and raising plug sockets.
  • Households will also receive £500 each to help with emergency accommodation.
  • Businesses affected will also get £2,500 each to help deal with the flooding.

The Treasury has said it would try and improve the way in which this is delivered in future.

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Many feared dead after millions hit by China floods

Heavy flooding and landslides caused by torrential downpours have affected nearly four million people in China, with at least 15 feared dead.

The floods, which hit southwest China's Sichuan Province, damaged homes and destroyed vehicles.

A huge landslide hit Barkam County and thousands of residents have been evacuated across the country.

A couple buried under ruins after their house collapsed in Tongnan District in Chongqing on Tuesday morning were rescued by firefighters.

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FoE: Leaked documents show £1/2 bn flood shortfall

Environmental organisation Friends of the Earth has said leaked documents from regional flood and coastal committees showed a half a billion pound shortfall in the government's flood budget over the next six years.

Whatever happened to 'money no object'? These flood defence plans simply don't hold water and are wholly inadequate to keep pace with rising flood risk.

Failing to tackle climate change comes with a heavy cost, and it's not right that the Government makes flood-risk households pay the price for its failure to do so.

– Climate campaigner Guy Shrubsole
Flooded fields near Muchelney in Somerset last month. Credit: PA

The group said extra funding for projects needed to be found from other sources, while also pointing to a recent National Audit Office report showing a 6% cut in funds for maintaining existing flood defences during this parliament.

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