Italy: Mudslide death toll rises and train derails

Rome, 1 Nov. (AKI) – The number of people killed in mudslides in Italy following days of heavy rains rose to three on Monday. Firemen recovered the body of a missing man buried beneath silt and debris in the central Tuscany region. Several people were injured when a passenger train jumped mud-flooded tracks in the northwest.

Forty-five-year-old truck driver Aldo Manfredi died when he was engulfed by a wall of mud and debris that hit his home in Mirteto in the northern Tuscan province of Massa Carrara.

Earlier on Monday, rescuers pulled the corpses of Nera Ricci and her two-year-old son from the rubble of their home, which was crushed in a landslide in the nearby town of Lavacchio.

Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the landslide.

Civil protection crews issued alerts Monday for several northern rivers that they may burst their banks if the rains continue. Officials urged people to refrain from driving for fear of getting trapped in flooded underpasses.

Schools were due to stay closed on Tuesday in Vincenza in the northeastern Veneto region, one the areas worst affected by the bad weather.

Ferry services were cancelled to many of Italy’s islands off Naples and Sicily due to high winds and forecasts that the stormy weather was spreading to southern Italy.

Five people were injured when a train derailed on Monday on the line between the northern city of Turin and the northwestern coastal town of Ventimiglia when mud and debris crashed onto the track.


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