Status: 09/16/2022 1:17 pm
Death toll rises to 10 in Italy floods Heavy rain flooded streets and houses. It rained for a few hours as usual in six months.
At least ten people have died as a result of flooding along the Italian Adriatic coast, according to officials. Civil Defense previously spoke of seven victims.
Others are missing, including an eight-year-old child who was in the car with her mother. Firefighters managed to save the woman, but her baby was swept away by the water.
The province of Ancona on the Adriatic coast and neighboring Umbria are affected.
It usually rains in two hours in half a year
Central Italy was hit by heavy rain on Friday night, according to civil protection. According to the “Corriere della Sera”, 400 millimeters of rain fell in less than two hours on Thursday evening, which usually falls in six months.
Streets and houses were flooded and many cars were washed away. Electricity and telephone lines were cut in parts of Ancona. Schools were closed in particularly affected areas.
On Thursday, civil defense called on residents of Senigallia, a coastal town north of Ancona, to seek higher ground in view of possible flooding. Fire brigade video showed emergency services waist-deep in water. People searched the city with a rubber dinghy. Dozens of people were rescued from trees or roofs, according to the fire brigade.
Rescue operations have been hampered by downed trees and landslides in the storm-hit areas.
Storm in Italy
Jörg Seisselberg, ARD Rome, September 16, 2022 10:44 am
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