Sicilian town submerged by waters of freak storm

Emergency services say two women, aged 41 and 72, drowned when boat capsized Parts of a Sicilian city were left underwater after a deluge brought on by an unusual weekend of exceptionally heavy rain….

Sicilian town submerged by waters of freak storm

Emergency services say two women, aged 41 and 72, drowned when boat capsized

Parts of a Sicilian city were left underwater after a deluge brought on by an unusual weekend of exceptionally heavy rain.

Two women, aged 81 and 41, drowned after their boat overturned in the floods on Monday morning.

In Corleone, the Sicilian capital, the streets were underwater, filling up with water that had to be pumped out by trucks.

The storm ripped down trees and damaged buildings, including the city’s landmark cathedral.

Flood water covered part of the bridge over the lagoon but the river police insisted the stretch would stay dry due to the height of the embankment.

The weather system that brought down trees in the south of Italy, a country that is parched and suffering drought, was due to head east, with 60- to 70mph gales and heavy rain predicted on Tuesday for places including Turin, Milan and Rome.

The national meteorological agency said “rain is likely to be more intense than normal over the coming days”.

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