Mudslides kill at least thirteen in Italy
Friday, October 2, 2009
At least thirteen people have been killed after torrential rains caused mudslides in Italy on Friday.
Search and rescue teams were using dogs to locate survivors buried beneath the rubble. Around forty people were hospitalised.
"Most of the dead and seriously injured were in two buildings that collapsed in mudslides," emergency services spokesman Giampiero Gliubizzi told the Agence France-Presse news agency.
Over one hundred people were forced to evacuate when mudslides threatened their homes, officials said. Some escaped onto roofs, where they were airlifted by helicopters.
"I didn't understand what was happening. I was at home and everything started moving. Then I found myself surrounded by rubble," said a survivor. Witness reports suggest the depth of the mud reached seven metres (23 feet) in some areas.
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