Italy – Deadly Flash Floods in Calabria Region

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.

In April this year, 10 people died in Southern District in Israel where a group of young people were hiking along the Nahal Tzafit riverbed in the Negev Desert. Fifteen of the group were rescued.

The Raganello creek at Civita, Calabria in August 2017. Photo by Asia under CC BY-SA 4.0

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