Charles: Tragedy is that nothing happened for so long

Prince Charles has said the "tragedy" in flood-hit Somerset "is that nothing happened for so long" to help as he met local residents, farmers and emergency services personnel who have been affected.

Speaking at a reception, the Prince of Wales said: "There's nothing like a jolly good disaster to get people to start doing something. The tragedy is that nothing happened for so long."

Earlier, Charles offered his support to the region by pledging a £50,000 donation which will be used to provide emergency relief grants to small businesses and those affected by the flooding.

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Charles criticises 'tragedy' of slow response to flooding

The Prince of Wales has criticised efforts to help those affected by the floods, saying: "The tragedy is that nothing happened for so long." He made the remarks during a visit to Somerset to meet victims and see the damage caused.