Wednesday 22 March 2017

Nine die, six missing as heavy rains lash Italy

Simon Carwell in Genoa

At least nine people have died in flash floods as torrential rains lashed Italy from the Alps to Sicily.

Most of the victims were in Borghetto Vara, a village in the northwestern coastal region of Liguria, about 75km from Genoa.

Another victim died while trying to clear gutters in the northwestern coastal town of Monterosso. Two of the dead were in Aulla in the nearby province of Massa Carrara.

At least six people are thought to be missing.

Floodwaters swept away roads and bridges in some places, and several towns in Liguria remain cut off.

Liguria and Tuscany were the hardest-hit areas. Rome was under a flood alert but there was apparently little damage in the capital.

Irish Independent

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