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Flood payouts being made in north east of Scotland

House in Cults after floods
Image caption Homes in Cults were among those affected

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire councils have begun making payouts to residents affected by the recent flooding.

The £1,500 grants were announced by the Scottish government in response to the devastation caused in December and early January.

They help to cover immediate costs while insurers assesses damage.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined details of new funding for those hit by the severe weather during a visit to Inverurie.

Ms Sturgeon said more than £12m would be made available.

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Image caption The first minister visited homes which were evacuated

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