Two families killed in Sicily after floods submerged their home

Reuters

The Civil Protection agency issued a red alert (highest level of warning) on Sunday for meteorological and hydro-geological risk in the northeast regions of Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, central Emilia Romagna, and southern Sicily, Sardinia, and Calabria.

Children aged one, three and 15 were among those who died, according to the AFP news agency.

A father and his daughter escaped harm because they had left the house to do some shopping while a third person climbed a tree to survive. Pino Virga, the mayor of the neighboring town of Altavilla Milicia, told SkyTG24 TV that other local authorities told him the house was slated for demolition because it stood too near the river.

In a separate incident, a 44-year-old man was found dead in his vehicle near Vicari, also in the Palermo region.

In the Alto Adige region, an 81-year-old died after falling off the damaged roof of his Alpine cottage, while a 53-year-old whose vehicle was hit by a falling tree died on Monday.

Rescue workers are also searching for a doctor who was forced to abandon his auto near the town of Corleone after trying to drive to work at the hospital there.

A total of 12 people were killed in Sicily at weekend after three others died in their cars when hit by floodwaters.

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The army has been deployed to check the terms and conditions of the main roads of the region, cut in many places in the circulation.

Heavy flooding on the Mediterranean island has wreaked havoc, prompting the closure of a number of roads and forcing officials to shut schools, public parks and underpasses.

A view of the flooded house where nine people lost their lives in Casteldaccia, near Palermo, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018.

The Italian ministry of the Interior Matteo Salvini visited the site on Sunday, flying over the surroundings of the alpine town of Belluno, also noting via its Twitter account "forests destroyed and a territory devastated".

The picturesque fishing village of Portofino, near Genoa, a famed holiday resort on the Italian riviera, was only reachable by sea after the main road collapsed and an emergency path opened to let residents out was deemed too unsafe.

An emergency path opened to let residents out was deemed too unsafe.

"It's like after an natural disaster", said the governor of the Veneto region, Luca Zaia.

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