Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Four dead as storms continue to batter Italy


Rome, November 29 - Four people died in a
weather-related road accident late Wednesday night while heavy
storms continue to batter Italy Thursday, causing flooding,
landslides and interrupting transportation.
Valentina Zaccaria, 18, is hospitalized in critical
condition after a tornado threw the car her mother, 36-year-old
Maria Giovanna Di Castri was driving into another lane, killing
Di Castri and two other family members Marisabel Di Castri, 17,
and Annita Capobianco, 43.
Giovanni Rogoli, 59, who was driving the car in other lane
that Di Castri's vehicle was thrown into, was killed on impact.
A 29-year-old employee of the ILVA steel plant in the
Puglia city of Taranto is still missing after a tornado blew the
crane he was working on into the company harbor on Wednesday.
Taranto's civil protection unit said that ILVA production
sites, which remain at the center of a legal-political dispute
which could lead to its permanent closing, were battered by
heavy storms earlier in the day but were secure.
Civil protection said on Thursday that around 15 families
from the town of Statte near Taranto were forced to sleep in
hotels after the same tornado that struck the ILVA factory
destroyed their homes, uprooted century-old trees and damaged
the town's historic belltower.
Mayor Angelo Miccoli of Statte said that damage from the
storm is estimated to be at least 15 million euros.
In Tuscany, the regional government has declared a state of
emergency and for 50 million euros in assistance after flooding
caused mudslides covering roads and damaging homes throughout
the region for the second time in two weeks.
The region of Veneto is on high alert as river levels
continue to rise throughout the region.
Water levels in the city of Venice reached 127 centimeters
on Thursday, but could continue to rise, said civil protection
The Sicilian city of Trapani was battered by violent
hailstorms, damaging automobiles and mildly injuring several who
were taken to the local San Vito and Santo Spirito hospitals for
Ferry and hydrofoil services between Naples and the Gulf of
Naples islands have been suspended as waves measuring up to 3.5
meters thrashed the coast and gale-force winds damage buildings.

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