Extra funding for flood-hit families in the Rhondda

Extra funding has been announced for flood-hit communities in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Hundreds of people were forced out of their homes after heavy and prolonged rain caused devastation to private property and businesses in south Wales last week.

The council will spend an extra £800,000 on renovating flood-hit homes and giving out free school meals to affected children.

The Welsh Government set up a £10m emergency fund to help with the immediate aftermath of the floods.

It said all households affected by flooding will receive £500. An extra £500 will be given to those without house insurance.

Pontypridd was one of the worst-hit areas.

The announcement brings the total amount spent on flood relief by the council to £2m.

The council has been handing out £500 to affected families and £1,000 to small and medium-sized high street businesses.

It said around 550 homes have suffered damage from internal flooding, with many of those losing fridges, freezers, cupboards of food and cars.