More Deaths as Flooding Continues in Italy

Floods and landslides continue to wreak havoc across northern Italy. Damage has been estimated at almost $150 million so far. Five people have died in the floods and landslides so far this month. This comes after the flood disasters in northern Italy, in particular Genoa, last month which left 3 people dead.

Affected Areas

The Liguria, Lombardy and Piedmont regions are worst affected. Rail traffic disruption is particularly prominent and new flood and landslide damage continues to be recorded throughout the affected areas. Parts of Milan have also been affected, where many schools have been closed as a result of the severe weather. The Seveso and Lambro rivers burst their banks and levels of the Po river are increasingly high. Meteoweb.eu reported last night that levels of the Po River in Piacenza stood at 6.8 metres, 20cm below flood stage. Piacenza is a city the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. It is also feared that the high levels of the Po could affect parts of Venetia region.

Deaths

In the recent spate of severe weather, two people, said to be an elderly couple, died after torrential rain caused floods and landslides in northern Italy on Tuesday 11 November 2014. In a separate incident, a man was killed by a landslide outside his home in Crevacuore, Piedmont on 12 November.

A man drowined in Moscazzano, south-east of Milan, yesterday while he was attempting to open a sluice gate to alleviate floding. Also yesterday, an elderly man drowned in Ispra, on the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore, in the province of Varese, in the Lombardy region.

Flood rescue in Italy, ovember 2014. Photo:  Nazionale Anpas
Flood rescue in Italy, ovember 2014. Photo: Nazionale Anpas