Heavy rains are continuing to wreak havoc across northern and central Italy causing widespread flooding and loss of life.
On Wednesday in Tuscany two women died after their car was swept away when a local river broke its banks . Their deaths bring the number of victims in recent days to four.
Beleaguered residents are angry:
“Look at Genoa!” said one man trying to rescue belongings from his flooded home.“They’ve have floods twice in five years. For us it’s twice in two.”
Many believe the flooding could be prevented.One woman blamed local and regional governments:
“The state and local administrations ask money for taxes, but they don’t use it to protect us. I’m 70 years old and I’m not going to go on paying for nothing.”
With flooding seemingly now an annual event, residents want promised building work aimed at shoring up flood-risk area to be speeded up.
They also want better warning systems put in place as river levels rise.
Genoa which was the first city to be inundated in this latest wave of bad weather is to be handed up to two billion euros for investment in its long overdue flood defences.