10 Killed & Several Missing After Floods Hit Italy Central Marche Region

17 September 2022 00:50

Loodwaters triggered by heavy rainfall swept through several towns in a hilly region of central-east Italy early Friday leaving 10 dead and several missing.

Dozens of survivors scrambled onto rooftops or up trees to await rescue. Riccardo Pasqualini the mayor of Barbara described the sudden downpour Thursday evening that devastated his town in the Marche region near the adriatic sea, as a ‘tsunami’.

While firefighters said seven deaths were confirmed and three persons were missing RAI state radio said 10 deaths were confirmed. Two children including one swept out of his mother's arms by rushing waters in Barbara were among four persons still unaccounted for by late Friday morning.
Some 50 people were treated at hospitals for injuries. 

Many of the 300 firefighters deployed waded through waist-high water in flooded streets/ while others operated rubber dinghies to scoop up survivors along their path.