Italy gives emergency aid to flooded towns

A Cabinet meeting in Rome has declared a state of emergency for the population of the stricken areas in Tuscany and Liguria.

Last Updated: Oct 28, 2011, 17:18 PM IST

Rome: A minister inspecting flood-ravaged coastal towns in Italy says the government has approved EUR 65 million (USD 91 million) in emergency funds.

Infrastructure Minister Altero Mattioli also told reporters that a Cabinet meeting in Rome on Friday declared a state of emergency for the population of the stricken areas in Tuscany and Liguria, including towns that are part of the Cinque Terre tourist route.

Flash floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rains earlier this week barrelled through picturesque towns along the northwest coast, burying streets under mud, damaging homes, stores, churches and overturning vehicles.

At least nine people died. Among hard-hit towns are Monterosso and Vernazza, along the Cinque Terre hiking trail popular for its breathtaking views.

Bureau Report