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Some 3,000 emergency calls made to helplines in Rome floods

Emergency helpline overwhelmed in only a few hours

31 January, 17:25
Some 3,000 emergency calls made to helplines in Rome floods (ANSA) - Rome, January 31 - Some 3,000 calls for aid were made in Rome to the national 118 emergency helpline within the space of only a few hours on Friday morning as the Italian capital was engulfed by torrential rains and floods, stranding its citizens to the point that some had to take to the roofs of their houses in a bid to escape rising water levels.

Emergency workers sent out teams to some 400 different locations to help desperate city residents, though many ambulances and aid workers themselves encountered difficulty in carrying out their tasks as the weather conditions led to landlides and flooding. Heavy rain and snow has pounded much of Italy Friday as Rome, Pisa and Florence braced for serious flooding around their city rivers. Six people who had been swept away in Rome with their makeshift shelters during a landslide were found in good condition by local authorities' search parties.

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