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Storms lash Italy's centre and north


Milan, November 12 - Severe storms lashed central
and northern Italy over the weekend, provoking floods, damage,
and evacuations, especially in Tuscany and the northeast.
In Venice, water levels reached an exceptional 149cm on
Sunday, covering 70% of the historic center so deep that
tourists took to bathing in Saint Mark's Square.
By Monday morning, the 'acqua alta' had ebbed to 105 cm,
covering just 5% of the historic centre.
Damage across Veneto, the region around Venice, was so
sever that the governor said he would call for a state of
emergency to be declared as soon as the situation could be
assessed properly.
"We have asked mayors in territories hit by the events of
recent days to carefully monitor the damage," said Veneto
Governor Luca Zaia.
"As soon as timely responses are received from the
administrations, the region will formally act, requesting a
state of emergency (to be declared by central government)".
Tuscany was brutally affected by the weekend's storms which
continued their onslaught on Monday.
Grosseto, Siena, and Arezzo remained on a high state of
alert, with an additional 80 mm of rain expected to come down
Monday, following 200 mm of rain already fallen.
Authorities fear landslides as well as more flooding.
In the historic Tuscan town and tourist hub Orvieto, all
schools were shut and the main freeway entrance closed off on
Monday, while Orvieto's hospital remained stranded due to road
In the Tuscan province of Perugia, evacuations and road
closures followed the swelling and overflow of the Nestore river
Areas near the Tuscan city of Grosseto were plunged under
water from overflowing Elsa stream and Albenga river.
A mother and her five year old child were rescued by
helicopter on Monday from a farm, stranded by flooding from the
Albenga river.
Closure of the historic Via Aurelia highway also isolated
homes in the province of Viterbo, 100km north of Rome.
Meanwhile, in the capital city, authorities shut down
access to the banks of the Tiber river due to rising water.
Padua also remained on alert due to the threat of flooding
from the swollen banks of the Bacchiglione river.

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