Thursday 16 August 2018

Five dead as torrential rain triggers floods in Italy

A flooded street in Livorno (Alessio Novi/ANSA via AP)
A flooded street in Livorno (Alessio Novi/ANSA via AP)

Torrential rain in Italy has triggered flooding that killed at least five people in the Tuscan port town of Livorno.

Italian state television said four of the victims were family members whose bodies were found in their flooded basement on Sunday.

Some Italian media reports put the death toll at six.

Mayor Filippo Nogarin said he could not confirm the number, but added that casualties could increase because several people were missing.

Mr Nogarin said "a crazy amount of rain" pummelled Livorno and "the city is literally devastated".

Train services were interrupted in parts of the Tuscan coastal area.

In Rome, which until recently suffered through three and a half months of drought, the downpour made streets resemble fast-moving streams and several underground stations were closed.

Press Association

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