Severe storms pelt southern Italy
2 dead, 3 missing, overflow at troubled ILVA plant08 October, 15:57
Lightening struck and killed an Indian farm laborer in a rural area outside of Latina, about 70 km south of Rome Tuesday morning.
The man was working in one of the greenhouses of a vegetable farm at the time.
In the Ginosa area, located in the arch of Italy's boot near Taranto, the body of a 30-year-old woman was found near her car, which had flipped over on the side of a road.
A married couple and a man are also missing from the area. ''The situation is extremely critical and now our attention is wholly concentrated on the three people who are still missing. Only afterward will we take stock of the damages, which are undoubtedly massive,'' said Ginosa Mayor Vito De Palma.
Fire fighters, Civil Protection and volunteers responded to dozens of emergency calls from stranded drivers and flooded zones in near the coast west of the port city of Taranto.
After rain drummed without interruption throughout the night, forces dug mud from roads, garages and homes. In Taranto itself, a union representative warned that liquids were overflowing from a large outdoor container at the troubled ILVA steel plant, which has been the centre of a series of probes and court-seizures for creating environmental health hazards.
Rain filled a container for collecting oily-tarry materials from a factory shed to overflowing, sending a stream of chemical liquid to the ground and into a storm-drain, Francesco Rizzo, the coordinator for the USB of Taranto, wrote to the head of the facility, the local health authorities and the local environmental ARPA agency.
Rizzo called for ''timely intervention to prevent the situation from getting worse''.