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Italy struggles with weather chaos

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Italy struggles with weather chaos

Italy is groaning under the cold, snow, rain and storms. A bad weather front in the Mediterranean country caused heavy snowfall at the start of the week, extending to the southernmost regions of Apulia and Basilicata.

HANDOUT – Italy to be plagued by heavy rainfall. In Senigallia, western Italy, firefighters even have to monitor the level of the Misa River. Photo: Vigili del Fuoco/dpa – ATTENTION: Only for editorial use in connection with the current reporting and only with full naming of the above credits

In many cities and towns, schools were initially closed on Monday for safety reasons. Even in the Sicilian province of Siracusa, where a heat record of 48.8 degrees was measured in the summer, some snow fell overnight.

Civil protection issued the second highest warning level because of the precipitation for the Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions in central Italy. The authorities are observing heavy rainfall and flooding on the Adriatic coast there. In the Senigallia area, where 12 people died in autumn storms, residents were asked to go to higher floors. On the island of Ischia, where twelve people also died in landslides at the end of November, around 400 residents had to leave their homes days ago. A return will initially be delayed further.

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