ROME — Firefighters say at least three people have died
after their car was swept into a flooded underpass as heavy rains
thrashed north-central Italy.
Fire department engineer Enrico
Mencagli says the car was discovered early Tuesday by divers in Prato,
an industrial city north of Florence. He says a second car was
discovered in the same underpass, but it wasn't immediately clear if
there were people inside.
He said the three victims were of
Chinese origin. Prato is home to Italy's garment industry which employs
large numbers of Chinese immigrants.
The storm Monday and early
Tuesday flooded streets, collapsed at least one house and downed trees
and power lines in much of coastal Liguria and Tuscany.