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Nine dead as storm ravages Sardinia

At least nine people have died after a violent rainstorm flooded parts of the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, Italian news reports said tonight.

Olbia mayor Gianni Giovanelli told Sky TG24 that the city had been destroyed by the "apocalyptic" storm, with several dead and several missing. Bridges were felled by swollen rivers and water levels reached three metres in some places.

Local newspaper L'Unione Sarda said the nine dead included a policeman who was helping to escort an ambulance when the car he was travelling in was involved in the collapse of a bridge in Dorgali.

The city of Gallura was hardest hit with six dead, the newspaper said, including three people whose car was swept away in the collapse of another bridge.


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