Six dead in Italy floods

Heavy storms hit Genoa killing at least six people.

November 5, 2011 06:57
Italy floods

Italy floods. (photo credit: Reuters)


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Heavy storms hit northwestern Italy on Friday (November 4), killing at least six people and flooding parts of Genoa and neighboring areas a week after torrential rainstorms ravaged nearby coastal areas.

Television footage showed cars floating and people wading through flooded streets in Genoa, the largest city on the northwestern coast.

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Authorities described the situation as "extremely serious" and urged people to be careful.

Genoa's town hall warned residents not to leave their houses, move to higher floors, close shops and not to use their cars on its website.

Fire brigades said at least six people, including three children, were killed in the floods.

Last week the government declared a state of emergency in northwestern Liguria region and Tuscany after storms lashed the coastal regions, killing at least 10 people and causing widespread flooding and mudslides.

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