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Government announces £50m fund for flood victims

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a £50 million fund for families and businesses affected by flooding in Cumbria and Lancashire.

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Truss: Several 'weather-related deaths' in Storm Desmond

Liz Truss spoke in the House of Commons on Monday. Credit: HOC

There have been "a number of weather-related fatalities" during Storm Desmond, the environment secretary has said.

Liz Truss said the deaths were "caused or exacerbated" by flooding or poor weather in recent days.

On Sunday, a body was found in the River Kent in Cumbria.

In a statement in the House of Commons, Ms Truss expressed her "deepest sympathies" for the families and friends of those killed.

"It is a tragic reminder of how dangerous these conditions can be," she said.

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