Two days of heavy rain has caused flooding and landslides in Sardinia, Italy. Around 100 people have been evacuated from their homes. In the last 48 hours some areas have recorded over 150 mm of rain – more than four times the average monthly total for May.
Schools have been closed in several areas of the island due to the bad weather. Flooding and landslides have closed roads in the Municipality of Villacidro and near Cagliari.
Two families were evacuated as a precaution in Villacidro, South Sardinia Province. Around 100 people (20 families) have been evacuated in Torpé in Nuoro Province as a precaution due to rising levels of the Posada river.
Firefighters were called to over 60 interventions in Cagliari and surrounding areas. Emergency services also rescued farm workers who were stranded by flooding in Nuoro Province.
The Tirso river broke its banks in several places in Oristano province and the Flumini Mannu flooded fields in San Nicolò d’Arcidano, also in Oristano.
In Siniscola, Nuoro Province, as much as 164 mm of rain fell in 48 hours to early 03 May, which is considerably more than the May monthly average (36 mm) and already a good proportion of the typical annual rainfall (around 660 mm), according to ANSA.
A red level weather alert remains in place in Sardinia and Civil Protection have warned of further heavy rain, strong winds and thunderstorms in Sardinia and across the country, in particular Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Basilicata and Puglia.
In Sicily, the Regional Civil Protection has issued a yellow warning for possible flooding and heavy rain.
#Maltempo in provincia di #Nuoro: esondato un corso d’acqua, alcuni pastori rimangono bloccati in loc. Noragugume. I #vigilidelfuoco li raggiungono e li portano in zona sicura #salvataggiquotidiani pic.twitter.com/FYTPuF6fEr
— Vigili del Fuoco (@emergenzavvf) May 2, 2018
B - Cagliari
C - Torpé
D - Oristano
E - San Nicolò d'Arcidano
F - Siniscola
Siniscola - May 2 to May 2, 2018
All rainfall figures from Sardegna Ambiente
Gonnosfanadiga - May 2 to May 2, 2018
Tempio - May 2 to May 2, 2018
Vallermosa - May 2 to May 2, 2018
Siniscola - May 1 to May 1, 2018
Gonnosfanadiga - May 1 to May 1, 2018
Genna Silana - May 1 to May 1, 2018
Tirso River at Allai - May 2 to May 2, 2018
Figures from Sardegna Ambiente. Major flood stage is 3.78
Flumini Mannu di Pabillonis, Gonnosfanadiga - May 2 to May 2, 2018
Figures from Sardegna Ambiente. Major flood stage is 2.10
South Sardinia and Nuoro Provinces - May 1 to May 3, 2018