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Sardinia cyclone: Italy declares state of emergency, at least 17 dead

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 01:13

Zee Media Bureau

Rome: Italian government on Tuesday declared state of emergency in Sardinia Island after torrential rains and a cyclone caused rivers to burst their banks, leaving at least 17 people dead, BBC reported.

On the backdrop of this natural calamity, while addressing the nation, Prime Minister Enrico Letta declared a state of emergency today.

He further described this calamity as a "national tragedy".

Hundreds of people were evacuated from this Island after a deadly storm hit this place yesterday night.

Television footage showed torrential rain, with streets submerged in muddy floodwaters and rivers bursting their banks.

As per reports, hundreds of people are still missing after the cyclone lashed Sardinia’s coast for many hours.

The areas in and around the north-eastern city of Olbia are considered to be the worst-hit regions.

There was heavy rain across northern Italy as well as in the south with high winds and flooding in coastal areas, the Civil Protection Authority had said.

First Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 18:44
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