Thursday 18 January 2018

Death toll in flooded Tuscan town rises to seven

Cars in the city of Leghorn, Italy, after major flooding (Vigili del Fuoco/AP)
Cars in the city of Leghorn, Italy, after major flooding (Vigili del Fuoco/AP)

The death toll from storm-triggered flooding in a Tuscan port town has increased to seven after the body of a missing woman was found, Italian news reports said.

The Ansa news agency said the body of the 34-year-old was found on Monday afternoon in a mud-clogged garden in the area of Leghorn, known in Italy as Livorno.

The woman and her husband had been inspecting the floodwaters during torrential rains on Sunday when both were swept away.

The husband was found alive on Sunday, clinging to tree trunks in a raging stream.

A homeless man who lived alone on the outskirts of town remains missing.

Four of the seven victims were family members who were caught by fast-rising water in their basement before dawn on Sunday.

Press Association

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