Seven dead in storms in Italy

At least seven people died when violent storms ravaged central Italy, flooding roads and houses, authorities told AFP on Friday.

Three people were missing, including a six-year-old child who was in a car. The mother was rescued, but the child was washed away by the flooding, the AGI news agency said.

“According to the local prefecture, the preliminary death toll is seven. The seventh body has just been found,” said a spokesman for the civil defense service, confirming the reports in the local media.

The worst affected area was Ancona, a port city on the Adriatic Sea, where several areas had no electricity or telephone connection. Schools in the affected areas were closed on Friday.

The storms also hit neighboring Umbria.

The Corriere della Sera newspaper said about 400 millimeters (16 inches) of rain fell in two hours — about the amount normally recorded in this zone in six months.

AFP

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