At least 10 people have died in flash floods in the Calabria Region in southern Italy.
The Raganello creek, which runs through a deep mountain gorge in the Pollino National Park, turned into a raging torrent on Monday, 20 August, 2018, after heavy rainfall upstream. The area is popular with tourists and the flash floods took a group of hikers by surprise.
The incident occurred near Civita in the Province of Cosenza, Calabria. Rescue teams, including divers, mountain rescue (CNSAS) and a helicopter, searched the area overnight.
Italy’s National Firefighters Corps, Vigili del Fuoco, said earlier today that 14 people have been rescued and 10 bodies found. Some of those rescued have been taken to hospital with severe injuries. More people are thought to be missing.
Earlier this month 5 canyoners died when flash floods swept through a valley near Soccia on the French island of Corsica.
Torrente #Raganello loc. Civita di #Castrovillari (CS): 14 escursionisti salvati dai #vigilidelfuoco, recuperati alcuni corpi purtroppo senza vita. Impegnati nelle operazioni nuclei speleo-alpino-fluviali, soccorritori acquatici, sommozzatori ed elicottero #dragovf pic.twitter.com/k3xHRjia25
— Vigili del Fuoco (@emergenzavvf) August 20, 2018
#Castrovillari (CS), sono proseguite per tutta la notte le ricerche di dispersi sul torrente #Raganello, sono 5 al momento quelli segnalati. Il bilancio è di 10 persone decedute, mentre 14 sono state salvate dai #vigilidelfuoco. Nel video uno dei recuperi fatti ieri da #dragovf pic.twitter.com/8cVakvtMfP
— Vigili del Fuoco (@emergenzavvf) August 21, 2018