Heavy rain, floods lash Italy; at least 5 dead

2017-09-10 16:01
At least five people have died in violent rainstorms sweeping across Italy on September 10, with the Tuscan city of Livorno taking the brunt of the flooding, fire services said. (Italian Firefighters Department via AFP)

At least five people have died in violent rainstorms sweeping across Italy on September 10, with the Tuscan city of Livorno taking the brunt of the flooding, fire services said. (Italian Firefighters Department via AFP)

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Rome - Torrential rain in Italy has triggered flooding that killed at least five people in the Tuscan port town of Leghorn.

Italian state television said four of the victims were family members whose bodies were found in their flooded basement on Sunday.

Some Italian media reports put the death toll at six in Leghorn, also known in Italy as Livorno. Mayor Filippo Nogarin said he couldn't immediately confirm the number, but added that casualties could increase because several people were missing.

Nogarin says "a crazy amount of rain" pummelled Leghorn and "the city is literally devastated."

Train service was interrupted in parts of the Tuscan coastal area.

In Rome, which until recently suffered through 3½ months of drought, the downpour made streets resemble fast-moving streams and several subway stations were closed.

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