Death toll from bad weather in Italy continues to rise

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Corriere Della Sera reports an increase in the death toll from the bad weather that hit Italy. During the night, the rain that fell in Sicily led to an increase in the level of the river in the Cavallaro district in Casteldaccia and ten people, including women and two children aged 1 and 3 and a 15 year-old boy were sept by a river.

Firemen, Carabinieri, Civil and Health Protection of the 118 are on the spot and managed to save ten people who were in the villa.

Other possible victims are not excluded.

The areas mostly hit are the provinces of Agrigento and Palermo.

Earlier Reuters reported that heavy rain and gales devastating parts of Italy have claimed two more lives, taking the overall death toll to at least 17, and laid waste to vast swathes of forest.

A German tourist died on Friday when hit by lightning on the island of Sardinia while another person struck by lightning several days ago died in hospital,

A spokeswoman for Italy’s Civil Protection Agency said 17 deaths related to the severe weather had been reported to the Agency so far.

Many of the victims to date have been killed by falling trees. Coldiretti, the association of Italian agricultural companies, said in a statement that gales had destroyed around 14 million trees, many in the far north.

Areas from the far northeast to Sicily in the southwest have been affected by the storms, with the worst damage in the northern regions of Trentino and Veneto – the region around Venice – where villages and roads have been cut off by landslides.


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