"Older and disabled people were trapped in their homes as rescuers worked under
pounding rain throughout the night to save people in what has been described as
the most severe flooding to affect Italy in 100 years.
The floods in the northern Emilia-Romagna region have claimed 13 lives as of
Thursday evening. An estimated 20,000 have been left homeless in a disaster
that caused 23 rivers to burst their banks and 280 landslides, engulfing 41
cities and towns.
Roads remained blocked, including the A1, after a landslide in Sasso Marconi on
Thursday afternoon, and trains were cancelled or disrupted.
Among the dead were an elderly couple trapped inside their home in Cava, a
hamlet in the province of Forlì-Cesena. “We heard their cries for help,” a
neighbour told Il Messaggero newspaper. “We tried to get them out, but it was
An 80-year-old man drowned in his cellar after going to retrieve belongings,
and a couple, identified as Sauro Manuzzi and Marinella Maraldi, who owned a
company that produces herbs, were hit by the floods in the field opposite their
home. The body of Maraldi, 70, was swept 12 miles down a river before being
found on a beach along the Adriatic coast. A 76-year-old man was killed after
being hit by a landslide in his garden, while another man, aged 43, died after
falling into a well while trying to pump water away from his property.
Firefighters have carried out 2,000 rescue operations across the region and in
parts of central Marche that were also affected by the floods."
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