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Italy flood towns get emergency aid

The Italian government has approved 65 million euro (£57 million) in emergency aid to flood-ravaged coastal towns.

The Cabinet has also declared a state of emergency for the population of the stricken areas in Tuscany and Liguria, including towns that are part of the Cinque Terre tourist route.

Flash floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rains this week tore through picturesque towns along the north-west coast, burying streets under mud, damaging homes, stores, churches and overturning vehicles.

At least nine people died. Among hard-hit towns are Monterosso and Vernazza, along the Cinque Terre hiking trail popular for its breathtaking views.


From Belfast Telegraph