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Italy floods leave 13 dead and force 13,000 from their homes

Italy floods leave 13 dead and force 13,000 from their homes

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More than 20 rivers have burst their banks in Italy, leaving 13 people dead and forcing thousands from their homes after six months’ rainfall fell in a day and a half. More bodies were found on Thursday after almost every river flooded between Bologna and the north-east coast 115km (70 miles) away. Some 280 landslides have taken place. The mayor of Ravenna, a city badly affected by flooding, told the BBC it was the worst disaster in a century. Michele de Pascale described the damage caused by the floods as catastrophic, costing people in his city and the wider region their homes, possessions and for some, their lives. “It was a very bad 48 hours. Water and mud took over our whole village,” said Roberta Lazzarini, 71. Her home of Botteghino di Zocca, south of Bologna, was...

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