Over 250 people have been evacuated from their homes in Emilia Romagna overnight after a wave of torrential rain and powerful winds that is battering much of Italy caused flash floods in some areas of the north-eastern region.
The Army has been called in to help firefighters and the civil-protection department in the operations.
The evacuations covered the province of Ravenna, with around 100 people affected in the Faenza area, another 100 around Biancanigo di Castel Bolognese and some 60 people residing in Conselice.
The torrential rain caused some rivers to reach dangerous levels and rail operator FS has suspended several services.
Strong winds in Genoa reportedly pushed a tree onto a parked car, while the island of Capri was hit by a blackout. River levels in Milan were also reported to be dangerously high.
Italy’s Department for Civil Protection on Tuesday afternoon issued its highest-level red alert and medium-level amber alert for different parts of Emilia Romagna, as well as an amber alert for parts of Sicily.
Parts of the following ten regions were placed on a lower-level yellow alert: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Molise, Puglia, Sicily, and Tuscany.
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