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Prime Minister ' very sorry' for flood suffering

David Cameron has said he is "very sorry about any way people have suffered" during the floods, as he reiterated the Government's stance that money is no object in the relief effort.

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Lord Smith: I should have worked harder over floods

The chairman of the Environment Agency Lord Smith admitted he "could have been better" during the flooding crisis and said the country needs to take a "serious look" at how it prepares for more extreme weather.

Lord Smith said: "I should have worked harder to do that - i.e. I probably should have gone down there earlier than I did."

He later added: ""Now, we need to have a serious look as a country at how we prepare ourselves for that and how we build our flood defences."

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