Flood kills six people in Livorno, Italy11/09/17Environment
At least six people have been killed following heavy rainstorms and flooding in the Italian city of Livorno.
Four members of a family were killed when their basement apartment was flooded. II Tirreno, an Italian newspaper, reported that two parents and their son died.
One girl was rescued by her grandfather; however, he died on his attempted return to rescue further family members, the newspaper added.
Resident Piero Caturelli said: “It’s incredible, incredible. It started around 10pm and continued until this morning. In my living memory, there’s never been anything like this.”
Pictures from the city showed that large areas have been submerged in water and revealed extensive damage.
Mayor Filippo Nogarin told news agency AFP that the extent of the flooding was entirely unexpected, as an orange alert was the only warning issued.
The city in Tuscany was the worst hit; however, weather warnings have been issued for the majority of the country.
In Rome, which recently suffered a three-month-long drought, the downpour rapidly caused fast-moving streams to form in the streets. As a result, several subway stations were forced to close.
Rome City Hall stressed the importance for residents and visitors to go outside for matters of urgency only, and to avoid parks where thunderstorms lashed the city. Precautions are currently in force in the capital, Rome, where the highest level of alert is being enforced.