Rain and floods continue to thrash northern Italy

Man drowns in garage, railways submerged in mudslides

Rain and floods continue to thrash northern Italy

Rome, May 17 - Unseasonably heavy rains continued to flood parts of northern Italy Friday, killing at least one person and causing hundreds of millions of euros in damage. In the Valsugana valley between the Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige regions, a landslide blocked the railway outside Trento. In Lombardy, 80 people were evacuated from two buildings whose foundations were weakened by a mudslide along the Lecco-Bergamo rail line. Near Verona, a man was found drowned in a flooded semi-underground garage, while not far away a woman was trapped in her car buried by a mudslide before being rescued by firefighters and taken to hospital. Operators across northern Italy reported emergency lines were overwhelmed. Veneto Governor Luca Zaia said he would ask for over half a billion euros in emergency State assistance. The bad weather is estimated to last up to another five days in parts of northern Italy.

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