Fatalities rise in Italy's worst storms and flooding in decades

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Fatalities rise in Italy's worst storms and flooding in decades

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Venice faced the worst flooding in a decade as high tide and high winds swamped landmarks and streets in the northern Italian city on between Sunday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 30. These videos were filmed by photographer Iain Reid in Piazza San Marco and the surrounding streets. They show knee-deep water in the city over the course of Monday and Tuesday. Sunday’s Venice Marathon was re-routed to avoid the area due to the high water level, though runners still faced racing through ankle-deep water, according to Euronews. Video and photos shared on social media showed homes and businesses in the tourist hotspot swamped by up to five feet of water while 11 people were killed storms that swept Italy earlier this week. Credit: Iain Reid via Storyful

The ancient Colosseum a day after strong winds and rain hit the city, in Rome. Picture: AP Photo/Andrew MedichiniSource:AP

THE death toll in Italy has risen to at least 29 after a week of severe storms caused flooding and widespread damage across the country, including to major tourist destinations.

The powerful winds and torrential rains devastated parts of Italy and caused the worst flooding Venice as seen in a decade.

Venice has been inundated by near-record flooding and ferocious storms drove high winds reaching up to 180 kilometres an hour. In total, 17 people have died. Picture: Miguel Medina/AFP

Venice has been inundated by near-record flooding and ferocious storms drove high winds reaching up to 180 kilometres an hour. In total, 17 people have died. Picture: Miguel Medina/AFPSource:AFP

In the northern region of Veneto, damage has reached an amount of one billion euros (A$1.6 billion).

Winds of up to 190 kilometres per hour destroyed hectares of prized forest, felling 300,000 trees in the famous Violin Forest.

Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country.

Destroyed yachts and boats in the harbour of Rapallo, near Genoa. Picture: Marco Bertorello/ AFP

Destroyed yachts and boats in the harbour of Rapallo, near Genoa. Picture: Marco Bertorello/ AFPSource:AFP

The Italian news agency ANSA also reported on Thursday that a ma n died of injuries suffered earlier this week when his car crashed into fallen trees in the Alpine region of South Tyrol.

Storm damage has also cut off roads to the picturesque village of Portofino, leaving ferries the only transport to and from the Mediterranean port town for the next few days.

The flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice caused by a convergence of high tides and a strong Sirocco wind. Picture: AFP

The flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice caused by a convergence of high tides and a strong Sirocco wind. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

In Florence, the Boboli Gardens, where cypresses had fallen a few days ago, were reopened to visitors.

Venice was severely flooded this week with water covering the mosaic floor of St Mark’s Basilica.

Water cover   s the mosaic floor of a section of St. Mark's Basilica, in Venice, Italy. High winds created an exceptional tide, covering three-quarters of the city for the first time in a decade. Picture: Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP

Water covers the mosaic floor of a section of St. Mark's Basilica, in Venice, Italy. High winds created an exceptional tide, covering three-quarters of the city for the first time in a decade. Picture: Andrea Merola/ANSA via APSource:AP

A German woman died during a storm after she was struck by lightning on the Italian island of San Pietro, near the larger island of Sardinia, a spokesman for the Civil Protection Agency said on Saturday.

A fallen tree on a car in Rome. At least 17 people are dead from severe weather that has swept across Italy. Picture: AFP

A fallen tree on a car in Rome. At least 17 people are dead from severe weather that has swept across Italy. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

The woman was hiking with her husband and son, according to news agency ANSA, when bad weather moved in, causing the family to end the outing on Friday afternoon.

Before they returned to their car, the woman was hit by lightning and thrown several metres into the air.

Cars damaged by bad weather in the Prati district of Rome. Picture: Tiziana FABI/AFP

Cars damaged by bad weather in the Prati district of Rome. Picture: Tiziana FABI/AFPSource:AFP

A total of 17 people across Italy have been killed over the past week in storms, tornadoes, floods, mudslides and gale force winds.

The northeastern province of Belluno has been particularly badly hit.

A yacht near Rapallo after a storm hit the harbour in R   apallo, near Genoa. Picture: Marco Bertorello/AFP

A yacht near Rapallo after a storm hit the harbour in Rapallo, near Genoa. Picture: Marco Bertorello/AFPSource:AFP

Angelo Borelli from the local Civil Protection Agency described some of the scenes as “apocalyptic” with collapsed roads and downed telephone poles in winds of up to 190 kilometres per hour.

Storms lashing Sicily have brought torrential floods, with at least 12 people dead - including nine victims from one home.

Divers pulled out the nine from a home flooded by a rapidly swelling river in the countryside near Palermo.

A motorhome is pictured off side of a flooded road on November 4, 2018 near a house where nine people of the same family died after a small river burst on the southern Italian island of Sicily. Picture: AFP

A motorhome is pictured off side of a flooded road on November 4 , 2018 near a house where nine people of the same family died after a small river burst on the southern Italian island of Sicily. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

State TV broadcaster RaiNews24 said the sole survivor of the flood that ravaged the villa with water and mud was the owner, who had just stepped outside to walk the family dogs on Saturday when the torrent hit.

The flooded house where nine people of the same family died after a small river burst its banks in Casteldaccia near Palermo on the southern Italian island of Sicily. Picture: AFP

The flooded house where nine people of the same family died after a small river burst its banks in Casteldaccia near Palermo on the southern Italian island of Sicily. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

News reports said the man at first clung to a tree, then ended up on the roof of a nearby house.

He used his phone to call f or help but it was too late for the others inside, who included a one-year-old baby, a three-year-old child and a teenager. The victims were from two families who had gathered in the country villa for the weekend.

A parent (C) reacts after leaving the morgue in Casteldaccia near Palermo on the southern Italian island of Sicily on November 4, 2018, after floods killed at least 12 people. Picture: AFP

A parent (C) reacts after leaving the morgue in Casteldaccia near Palermo on the southern Italian island of Sicily on November 4, 2018, after floods killed at least 12 people. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

A man’s body was also found on a guardrail along a road in the Palermo area after floodwaters swept away his car, Italian news reports said. Across the island, in the town of Cammarata, near Agrigento, the fire department said its divers were working to recover the bodies of two people swept away while driving on a road near the flooding Saraceno River.

Also in Agrigento province, firefighters rescued 14 people from a hotel in the town of Montevago, which was threatened by floodwaters from the Belice River.

A view of the flooded house where nine people lost their lives in Casteldaccia, near Palermo, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. Picture: AP

A view of the flooded house where nine people lost their lives in Casteldaccia, near Palermo, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. Picture: APSource:AP

Agrigento, famed for the ruins of ancient Greek temples, is a popular tourist destination.

Elsewhere in Sicily, at least two other people were missing on Sunday after floodwaters swept away their cars, including a doctor heading to the hospital in the hill town of Corleone.

The deadly rainstorms and flooding that has swept over Italy over the past week have left a toll of 29 dead in total and a trail of destruction from Veneto in the north to Sicily in the south, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said.

Source: Google News Italy | Netizen 24 Italy

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