In Italy, violent floods kill at least ten people

In Italy, violent floods kill at least ten people
People clean a flooded street following an overnight rain bomb in Pianello di Ostra, Ancona province, on September 16, 2022. - At least ten people died and four are reported missing following flash floods due to rain bombs and heavy winds in the province of Ancona .  (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)
ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP People clean a flooded street following an overnight rain bomb in Pianello di Ostra, Ancona province, on September 16, 2022. – At least ten people died and four are reported missing following flash floods due to rain bombs and heavy winds in the province of Ancona . (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP

In Italy, violent weather killed at least ten people according to the latest official report from Italian civil protection this Friday, September 16.

INTERNATIONAL – THEItaly in mourning. At least ten people died in violent weather that hit the center of the country overnight from Thursday to Friday September 16, according to the latest official report from the italian civil protection. Four other people, including an eight-year-old child, are missing.

The most affected area is the province of Ancona, a port on the Adriatic Sea, but the torrential rains also hit the neighboring region, Umbria. The images shared by the Italian media show that these areas were crossed by a torrent of mud flooding homes and carrying away many cars. According Corriere della Seraabout 400 mm of rain fell Thursday evening in two hours, an amount that normally falls in seven months in this area.

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

Video of firefighters shot in the town of Senigallia also shows rescuers in deserted streets, waist deep in water, dashing out in search of people by rowing a dinghy.

On this other video filmed by the rescue, we see that the water extends even on the sides of the hills of the mountainous region of Marche.

Falling trees and landslides have cut off many local roads making it more difficult for rescuers to work. “Dozens of people who had taken refuge on trees and the roofs of houses were rescued”the firefighters wrote on their Twitter account on Friday morning. “More than 150 interventions carried out, seven dead and three missing”they add.

“It’s called ‘climate crisis’, not ‘bad weather'”reacted for its part on Twitter the Italian branch of Fridays for Future, the youth movement for the climate, while the president of the Italian Red Cross Francesco Rocca said “concerned by the increase in extreme climatic phenomena”.

A week before the legislative of September 25, many politicians have expressed their support for the region, including Matteo Salvini, leader of the League (sovereign) and Enrico Letta, leader of the Democratic Party (center-left). In addition, the Italian Football Federation has indicated that a minute’s silence will be observed before all football matches this weekend in Italy in tribute to the victims of the downpour.

See also on The HuffPost:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.