Wave of foul weather claims six lives

Fresh storm, flood advisory for Tuesday

(ANSA) - Turin, February 29 - A 50-year-old woman was killed Monday after being hit by a slab of snow that fell off a roof, dragging rocks down with it.
    The victim named only as Novara-born N.O. who had just left work at a nursing home, died of a fractured skull.
    The incident in the Alpine village of Limone Piemonte near the French border brought to six the death toll from the consequences of a wave of extreme weather, which claimed five lives on Sunday.
    In the southern Calabria region, a 51-year-old farmer named as Rocco Montorro was killed when the wind uprooted a huge eucalyptus tree, which crushed his car in the town of Candinoni.
    Two more people died in similar circumstances in the province of Caserta in the Campania region, while near the city of Verona to the north, a 50-year-old man drowned after slipping into the River Tione. Another person died when their car was swept into a river at Sant'Angelo in Pontano in the Marche region.
    On Monday, police investigating the disappearance of a 49-year-old Tunisian fisherman who went missing off Elba Island on Saturday said he may have slipped and fallen into the water due to the foul weather, which brought gale-force winds, high seas, and storms to most of the peninsula throughout the weekend.
    Also on Monday, rescue workers were able to pull two Slovakian skiers out alive after they were engulfed by a 100-meter-wide avalanche near the resort town of Canazei in the Fassa Valley in the Dolomites in the northern region of Trentino.
    A third skier managed to haul himself out after being hit by the wave of snow.
    An Alpine Rescue squad also saved a 56-year-old Polish truck driver, who had been trapped in snow for two nights near the Piedmont city of Cuneo.
    The regions of Abruzzo, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Molise, Tuscany, Sardinia and Veneto were on storm alert throughout Monday, and schools in many areas closed. The Civil Protection Department has issued another weather advisory for Tuesday, which is expected to bring fresh storms and possible floods to many areas.