Some 3,000 emergency calls made to helplines in Rome floods
Emergency helpline overwhelmed in only a few hours31 January, 17:25
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.