Italy: seven dead in violent weather (civil protection)

Italy: seven dead in severe weather (civil protection)


At least seven people were killed in violent storms that hit central Italy overnight from Thursday to Friday evening, flooding streets and homes, civil protection said.  

“According to the local prefecture, we have a provisional toll of seven dead. The seventh body has just been found,” the spokesman for Fabrizio Curcio, head of Italian civil protection, told AFP, confirming information from the Italian media. 

Three other people are also missing, including a six-year-old child who was with his mother in the car. The latter was saved by firefighters but the force of the water current took her child away from her, according to the AGI agency. 

The most affected region is the province of Ancona, a port on the Adriatic Sea, but bad weather also hit the neighboring region of Umbria. 

In the province of Ancona, many areas were left without electricity and without lines telephone lines and schools will be closed on Friday in the most affected localities. 

According to the “Corriere della Sera”, around 400 mm of rain fell Thursday evening in two hours, an amount that normally falls in six months in this area.