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Italy: One dead in Genoa after flash floods sweep through city

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Italy: One dead in Genoa after flash floods sweep through city


A 57- year-old man has died in Italy after flash floods hit the port city of Genoa.

One of the city’s biggest rivers, the Bisagno, burst its banks overnight on Thursday sending flood waters sweeping through the streets.The waters smashed shop windows, washed away cars and left some neighborhoods cut off from rescuers.

There is anger among many locals that authorities failed to sound the alarm beforehand.

In 2011, heavy flooding in Genoa left six people dead.

One woman said: “We did not receive any alert even though it has been raining heavily for two days.”

Another agreed, saying: “Nobody did anything to protect us and this is the result. I have been living here for 46 years and we’ve suffered four floodings.”

One local resident demanded more help from the authorities: “Our mayor must come here with volunteers, council employees and give us some help. But concrete help, with money, not with talk.”

Authorities have warned more rain is on the way.

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