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Severe flooding hits central Italy, at least six dead and two missing

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At least six people have been killed and 2 are still missing in the Tuscan port town of Livorno after a nearly stationary severe storm dumped heavy rain on Sunday, September 10, 2017, triggering severe flooding and landslides.

Mayor Filippo Nogarin said a 'crazy amount of rain' hit the city in the space of a few hours causing several streams to overflow. "The situation is dramatic,” Nogarin said, adding that nobody could anticipate such heavy rain.

While strong winds toppled trees, heavy rain caused widespread flooding, collapsed infrastructure, flooded streets and houses, and submerged parked cars. Numerous landslides have been reported.

Livorno, Tuscany, Italy - Severe flood on September 10, 2017

Livorno, Tuscany, Italy – Severe flood on September 10, 2017. Credit: ANSA

Livorno, Tuscany, Italy - Severe flood on September 10, 2017

Livorno, Tuscany, Italy – Severe flood on September 10, 2017. Credit: ANSA

According to the Italian news agency ANSA, four bodies, a family of four, have been found in a basement of their flooded home. Another body was found in the Monterotondo-Montenero area where heavy rains caused massive. Two people are still missing.

ANSA said that at least 200 mm (7.9 inches) of rain fell on the region within six hours.

Featured image: Severe flooding in Livorno after nearly stationary severe storm dumps heavy rain on September 9 and 10, 2017. Credit: ANSA

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