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Heavy rain causes landslides in Tuscany, Alto Adige

Above-average temperatures, below-average rainfall in January

14 January, 15:52
Heavy rain causes landslides in Tuscany, Alto Adige (ANSA) - Rome, January 14 - Two villages in Tuscany were left isolated on Tuesday after a large landslide cut off road connections with the nearest town amid heavy rains. Casette and Caieglia in the province of Massa and Carrara were cut off from Massa due to a rockfall triggered by heavy morning rains. Several people were also stuck on board a bus as a result. Emergency services were at work to create an alternative access route to the villages, which have a combined total of around 1,000 inhabitants.

A landslide was also to blame Tuesday for the closure of the road between Val Venosta in the northern province of Alto Adige and neighbouring Switzerland. The road between Glorenza and Tubre was to remain closed for 10 days, with off-road vehicles providing an emergency shuttle service and heavy traffic being re-routed via the Resia pass. Meanwhile on Tuesday farmers' association Coldiretti reported above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall levels for the first 10 days of January. Maximum temperatures were 3.3 degrees above average in the north, 2.7 degrees above average in the centre and 2.8 degrees above average in the south, Coldiretti said. Conversely, precipitation levels were 42% below average in the north, 70% in the centre and 68% in the south, with negative repercussions for crops.