Rain causes floods: dead in severe storms in Sicily

Status: 10/26/2021 7:35 p.m.

At least one man was killed in severe storms and floods in Sicily. In Catania at the foot of Mount Etna, parts of the city were completely flooded. In many places the power went out.

There have been violent storms in Sicily. In Catania, a man was killed because, according to initial findings, his car got stuck on a flooded street. Apparently he had got out of his vehicle and been hit by the water. According to the Ansa news agency, rescue workers found him lifeless under his car.

“Never before given in this power”

Parts of Catania – the second largest city on the island – were completely flooded. Water and mud flowed into a number of houses, and in some cases the power went out. Mayor Salvo Pogliese wrote of storms “which have never been seen with such force and intensity”. He ordered all shops to be closed by midnight – with the exception of pharmacies and grocery stores. The inhabitants of Catania should not leave their homes.

The extreme storms have been falling over eastern Sicily and parts of Calabria on the southern tip of Italy since Monday. The civil defense predicted further storms for the region.


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