At least three people are presumed dead in flooding and landslides in northern Italy.
Two elderly people are thought to be buried after their home was crushed in a mudslide.
Another woman trapped in her home has died of a heart attack.
The Mayor of Leivi, Vittorio Centanaro, told reporters: “The situation is really bad; it’s a tragedy. It’s a tragedy for the whole area. Every year we have to face this kind of situation.”
The regions affected by the torrential rain and flooding include Tuscany, Lombardy, Liguria and Emilia-Romagna.
Some towns are reported to have had more than 20 centimetres of rain in just 12 hours.
High alert levels are expected to remain in place until at least Wednesday evening.
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