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Rain continues to inundate Italy

Six killed in the south over the weekend

03 February, 13:12
Rain continues to inundate Italy (ANSA) - Rome, February 3 - Rain and snow continued to pelt Italy Monday after more than a week-long onslaught that claimed six lives in southern Italy over the weekend.

Three young women died in a head-on collision under a downpour in the province of Bari, while two women and a six-year-old girl were drowned in Sicily. Two women and a girl were among seven aboard an automobile when the driver attempted to ford a rain-swollen stream early Sunday morning. Italy's Civil Protection agency declared a "critical red" alert Monday for much of northern Italy: Friuli, and the plain of Emilia and central Veneto.

Military pumps have been working since Sunday night to protect Rome's Fiumicino airport from flooding.

Heavy snow blocked roads in the mountains near the ski resort town Cortina, while heavy rain caused temporary blackouts in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Since January 30, 2,288 volunteers and 40 technicians have pitched battles against damage wrought by weather.

On Friday, Romans took to the rooftops, while Venice was plunged under its deepest water this year and a town near Pisa was evacuated as rainstorms wreaked havoc and snow forced the closure of schools across Italy.

More heavy snow is expected in the central-eastern Alps, and rain across Italy is expected to continue for at least another week.

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