Floods Continue Across Northern and Central Italy – Death Toll Rises to 3


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After the devastation left by floods in Genoa on 09 October 2014 where one person was killed in the deluge, continued heavy rain across northern parts of Italy has left many areas of the Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, Veneto and Tuscany regions suffering severe flooding. Italian media are describing the incredible amounts of rainfall as “Bomba d’acqua” – water bomb.

2 Killed in Tuscany

Two people have been reported as killed by flood waters in the small town of Manciano, situated in the southern part of the province of Grosseto, Tuscany. The two victims – thought to be elderly sisters – were in their car as it was swept away by flood water from an overflowing river. The neaby town of Orbetello also suffered from severe floods.

300 Remain Homeless in Genoa

The heavy rain and severe weather has left parts of northern Italy without power since 13 October 2014. In Genoa the heavy rain kept falling. Four days after the deadly floods first stuck in the city, 300 people were staying in temporary accommodation in some of the city’s public buildings, according to the Italian Civil Protection. The emergency warnings for the Liguria region were finally lifted on Tuesday 14 October.

Baganza River Floods Parma

On 14 October, the people of Parma in the Emilia-Romagna region, woke up to the devastation left by flooding in the city after the Baganza River broke its banks. The worst affected area is thought to be the northern parts of the city, which were left buried in mud and flood debris. The mayor of the city, Federico Pizzarotti, said the situation was “much worse than expected”. Roads, bridges, telecommunications infrastructure and a hospital were all damaged in the floods.