Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Three killed as storm hits Italy

At least three people died as heavy rain lashed north-central Italy, firefighters have said

At least three people died when their car was swept into a flooded underpass as heavy rain lashed north-central Italy, firefighters have said.

Fire department engineer Enrico Mencagli said the vehicle was discovered early on Tuesday by divers in Prato, an industrial city north of Florence.

He said a second car was discovered in the same underpass, but it was not immediately clear if there was anyone inside.

He said the three victims were of Chinese origin. Prato is home to Italy's garment industry which employs large numbers of Chinese immigrants.

The storm on Monday and early on Tuesday flooded streets, collapsed at least one house and downed trees and power lines in much of coastal Liguria and Tuscany.

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