Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Woman dies in Gaeta as Italy buffeted by storms


Rome, November 1 - An elderly woman drowned in the
southern Lazio coast town of Gaeta late on Wednesday because of
a fierce downpour that was part of a wave of heavy rains and
strong winds that continues to lash much of Italy on Thursday.
The 82-year-old was swept away by floodwaters while
standing in a road.
Her husband survived after becoming wedged between a car
and a tree and is now being treated for hypothermia.
Furthermore, a 34-year-old man died in Naples in the early
hours of Thursday after losing control of his vehicle, in
another incident reportedly linked to the bad weather.
Southern Lazio bore the brunt of the storms on Halloween
night, with flooding and evacuations reported in the Frosinone
area, which is still struggling to recover from similar bad
weather last weekend.
The seaside town of Fiumicino further north also took a
beating, with homes flooded in some areas.
The southern region of Campania was also badly affected,
with strong winds and tree falls reported in the Naples area and
flooding and evacuations near Salerno further south.
Ferry and hydrofoil services between Naples and the Gulf of
Naples islands were suspended as waves measuring up to 3.5 m
thrashed Capri.
Early on Thursday limited services resumed to the islands
of Ischia and Procida.
In the north of the country high water was reported in
Venice and the surrounding area.
In Chioggia water levels reached the 1.62 m mark, making
local floodwater defence systems useless.

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