1 Killed in Genoa Floods, Italy

Around 70mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Genoa (WMO figures) between 9 and 10 October. Heavy rain also fell across wider areas of the region of Liguria in north-western Italy, causing river overflows, floods and severe damage. Houses and shops have been damaged, cars washed away, piling on top of each other, and streets left resembling muddy rivers.

The Bisagno river overflowed and caused severe flooding in the port city of Genoa. At least person has been reported as killed in the flooding. The victim is said to be a man in his 50s who was swept away by the flood water.

The rain has continued to fall and more is expected across northern parts of Italy over the next 24 hours. The rain has also spread further east. In neighbouring Slovenia, the town of Nova Gorica, which borders Italy, saw 56.4 mm of rain fall in the last 24 hours.

The severe weather doesn’t bode well for the coming weeks for Italy. The country has suffered some of its most severe flood events at this time of year. See our article November – Italy’s Month for Floods. On 04 November, 2011 Genoa suffered from similar flooding after 500mm of rain fell in just 5 hours. Four rivers overflowed and at least six people died.