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Central and southern Italy experiences tail end of winter

Temperatures plummet on islands, maritime services disrupted

Central and southern Italy experiences tail end of winter

Rome, March 15 - Large parts of central and southern Italy were in the grips of heavy rainfall and freezing temperatures on Friday as winter weather continued to bite. Traffic disruptions were reported across the southern Campania region where a landslide also interrupted railway services between Vietri sul Mare and Cava dei Tirreni north of Salerno. The Naples fire department received dozens of calls for assistance particularly due to the flooding of shops and land. Maritime services linking the regional capital to islands in the Gulf of Naples also experienced disruptions due to rough seas. Snow fell in Sardinia's highland Barbagia region, making driving hazardous. Early Friday a coach carrying 29 high school students and two teachers from Cagliari to Seui in the province of Ogliastra went off the road due to snow. No-one was injured in the incident. Snow was also reported in Sicily, Calabria and Campania.

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