By: Steve Dellar | 11-04-2018 | News
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Italy – 9 Family Members Die In Sicily Floods (Video)

The severe storms that have been ravaging Italy all week have once again claimed deadly victims. During a "dramatic intervention" in the village of Casteldaccia near Palermo, divers found the bodies of nine family members in a flooded country house in Sicily.

The family was killed when they were surprised by the rapidly rising water in a house on the river. Survivors say that the victims were part of two families and that there are also three children among the dead, as well as the parents and grandparents of the children.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="it" dir="ltr"><a href="">@TgrSicilia</a> a <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Casteldaccia</a> sul luogo della strage: 9 morti per l&#39;esondazione del fiume Milicia, tra cui tre bambini. Erano in una casa a un solo piano costruita a pochi metri dal letto del fiume <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#maltempo</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Sicilia</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; raffaella cosentino (@RaffaellaRoma) <a href="">4 November 2018</a></blockquote>

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The Mayor of Casteldaccia, Mr Giovanni Di Giacinto, admitted that “a terrible tragedy has struck us.”

The family is said to have sheltered in the house built close to the riverbed. The river would never have posed a risk before.

Related coverage: <a href=""> Italy – Extreme Weather Quickly Floods Venice (Video)</a>.

The extreme weather also caused problems elsewhere in Sicily. In Vicari two people were in a car when it was dragged through the water. An occupant could put himself in safety in time; the other was found dead. A doctor went missing in Corleone.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The weather in Italy was so severe that waves crashed right into this restaurant <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; NowThis (@nowthisnews) <a href="">4 November 2018</a></blockquote>

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For more than a week now, large parts of Italy have been struggling with heavy rain, storms, and heavy winds.

Taking into account the victims of Saturday night, the death toll now rises well above thirty.

The head of civil protection called the situation in the north of the country Saturday "apocalyptic."

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Winds uprooted millions of trees with speeds of up to 180 kilometers per hour, and mudslides were destroying streets. There is no electricity and drinking water in many places.


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