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Charity receives more than 1,000 appeals for cash aid in wake of storm damage

MORE than 1,000 people have applied for financial aid in the wake of the recent storms and floods that battered the country.

Hundreds of homes and business were destroyed as storms Darwin and Ruth caused widespread devastation.

Flooding and strong winds caused serious damage to properties across the country, and St Vincent de Paul last night reported to having received up to 1,000 requests for assistance.

The charity announced last week that they had been allocated €500,000 from a government fund .

A spokesperson for SVP last night said they estimated that the majority that were seeking assistance were in Cork, Limerick, Kerry, Galway and across the southeast and west.

But the society expects numbers will rapidly accumulate as people begin to assess the true extent of damage caused.

"It will be some time before people will get back to normality. But SVP will assist as best they can," a spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the Community Foundation for Ireland said that they have received just four applications from community groups to their Emergency Flood Relief Fund.

A spokesperson said that they wished to "remind" people of the fund, and to visit their website for details of how to apply.