"Today is an important day, an historic day because we should have been full of water by now and instead we are dry," said Massimo Milanese, manager of the Lavena Cafe in St. Mark's Square. Floods in the Nuoro province of Italy's Sardinia island have left at least three people killed and one gone missing, local media reported on Saturday. Among the missing are two children, aged six and 11, and a shepherd who was washed away by a current alongside his brother who was rescued after managing to grab hold of a branch. Eleven campers were saved in Vercelli, while Alpine rescue squads evacuated seven people stuck in houses cut off by floods at Terme di Valdieri, some of whom had to be carried on stretchers due to the muddy conditions and accumulation of detritus. It was supposed to protect the lagoon city of Venice from high tides. Two reported dead. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. "Today, everything is dry. World Tour – Floods in Italy, and pro-lifers in Argentina. In central Switzerland, flooding along the Reuss River caused the closure of a stretch of the A2 highway – a major trans-Alpine route. Photo: Vigili del Fuoco. In Venice, a long-delayed flood barrier successfully protected the lagoon city from a high tide for the first time on Saturday, bringing relief and smiles following years of repeated inundations. The flooding caused damage and disruption across the city. Eleven campers were saved in Vercelli province, where floodwaters hit 20-year highs. French Prime Minister Jean Castex, who flew over the area in an helicopter, confirmed that at least eight people were missing in France, including two firefighters whose vehicle was carried away by water when a road collapsed. A bulldozer fetched another eight people who managed to climb the Col de Tende, a high mountain pass linking France and Italy, to a tunnel. Water levels have reached 6.14 feet in Venice, Italy, the second-highest level ever recorded in the city. Those missing are mostly people who had been driving in the Col de Tende high mountain pass between France and Italy. Omnion Cultural fights for the independence of Catalonia, The Moria refugee camp, two days after Greece's biggest migrant camp, was destroyed by fire. At least two people have died in southern Italy from floods, according to local media early Thursday. Flooding from record rains in a mountainous region of France and Italy has killed two people in Italy and left at least 24 people in the two countries missing.. A … In the event, the tide only amounted to 70 centimetres, leaving the city's piazzas and pathways unscathed. 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Credit:Vigili del Fuoco/Twitter. Nearly a year’s worth of rain fell in just 12 hours in parts of the Alps spanning the two countries as a storm moved in overnight. Nearer the French border, two brothers tending animals were swept away in flood waters. At least two people have died and at least 25 are missing after the storm hit France and Italy. Authorities are still searching on the French side for his sibling. Dozens stranded as severe flooding hits France and Italy. A car was swept away during floods in the Roya river of Breil-sur-Roya, near the border with Italy, Monday, Oct.5, 2020. Firefighter spokesperson Luca Cari said he suspects most of those reported missing in Italy have lost phone contact, but at the moment they are not thought to be in imminent danger. 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November 29, 2020 Massive floods claim 3 lives in Sardinia, rare tornado hits Catania, Italy At least three people lost their lives while two others remain missing after severe storms hit the Italian island of Sardinia, triggering massive floods and landslides on Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28, 2020. 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AUDIO: [Crowd chanting “pro-life” in Spanish] ... Italy, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. Saturday 03 October 2020 14:23 Flooding in France and Italy at levels not seen for 20 years has killed at least two people and left 24 others missing, prompting hundreds of rescue operations. Residents try to get back into their homes, in Breil-sur-Roya, near the border with Italy, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. City officials had forecast a tide of 130 centmetres, well below the devastating 187 centimetre tide that battered Venice last November, but enough to leave low-lying areas deep under water. The situation at the tunnel on the high mountain pass was complicated by the fact that French emergency responders cannot access their side due to flood damage, Cari said. A search team found a body in the Piedmont region's Vercelli province, where a man had been swept away by flood waters late Friday. Local firefighters said several dozen people were evacuated from their homes overnight, but that at least eight people were missing, including two firefighters whose vehicle was carried away by water when the road collapsed during a rescue operation. At least four people have been killed in flooding in a mountainous border region in Italy and France, with rescue teams searching for others who are missing. Flooding has devastated mountainous areas in France's southeastern region of Alpes-Maritimes and Italy's northwestern regions of Liguria and Piedmont, after a storm swept through the two countries on Friday and Saturday. AFP via Getty Images Flooding in France and Italy at levels not seen for 20 years has killed at least two people and left 24 others missing, prompting hundreds of rescue operations. France’s national weather agency, Meteo France, said that up to 500 millimetres of rain were recorded in some areas, the equivalent of almost one year of average rainfall. 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Venice will activate its Mose flood barrier system today for the first time, as bad weather and particularly high tides are set to hit the canal city. Confirming that at least eight people are missing in France, Mr Castex said: “I cannot hide our grave concern on the definitive toll.”. Nice mayor Christian Estrosi said over 100 homes were destroyed or severely damaged in the area. Fifteen more people were taking shelter in the Vievola train station after the operation to rescue them was put off until daylight. Firefighters have brought the fire under control but they expected to keep working through the day, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny posing for a selfie with his family at Berlin's Charite hospital. Hourly. ... near where a man was swept away by flood waters Friday in Italy… Torrential rain the Italy’s… We stopped the sea," city mayor Luigi Brugnaro told reporters after raising a glass in celebration with some of the engineers and officials responsible for the multi-billion euro project known as Mose. Work on MOSE began two years later, in 2003—more than 20 years after the proposal was submitted. Our weekly newsletter will deliver expert analysis of the race to the White House from our US correspondent Matthew Knott. Meteoalarm placed 7 regions on Orange alert for heavy rain and sporadic storms on September 25 - Lombardy, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Tuscany, Lazio, Campania, Basilicata and Sardinia. Severe flash flooding swept through the city of Palermo, capital of Sicily in southern Italy, after torrential rain on 15 July. 2020 … Dozens of fires are burning out of control throughout Northern California as fire resources are spread thin, Students use their mobile phones as flashlights at an anti-government rally at Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom. — Alexandre (@alex_le_bars) November 28, 2020 In the nearby town of Galtelli, 150 people have been evacuated, according to its mayor, Giovanni Santo Porcu. And Alpine rescue squads have evacuated by foot seven people who were in houses cut off by flooding at Terme di Valdieri; some had to be carried on stretchers due to the muddy conditions and accumulation of detritus. 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Italy – 200 Rescued From Floods in Calabria After 450mm of Rain in 48 Hours 23 November, 2020 Over 200 people were rescued from floods in southern Italy over the weekend 20 to 22 November after more than 450mm of rain in 48 hours. Italy to resume barrier project that could have stopped Venice floods In 1984, Italy launched a flood barrier project called Mose. A firefighter next to a partially submerged car after heavy rains caused flooding in the town of Limone Piemonte, Italy. State of emergency in Venice to be declared amid historic flooding. Treacherous waters flow after storm brings rainfall in volumes not seen since 1958, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. ... Dead In Flooding in France and Italy. The spokesman for Italy’s firefighters, Luca Cari, said a search was ongoing for a missing shepherd who was pulled into flood waters on Col de Tende. In France, schools were shut and people told to remain in their homes in the mountainous region surrounding Nice on Friday as nearly a year’s worth of rain fell in less than 12 hours and the national weather agency issued a danger alert. Witness describes scene as apocalyptic. In Italy, a firefighter was killed during a rescue operation in the mountainous northern region of Val d’Aosta. Many worried families had not heard from their relatives due to cellphone services being cut off in the area. The strongest hurricane with rain and hail hit Verona, Italy. Low tides have left canals in Venice almost dry, just two months after severe flooding left much of the Italian city under water. People wear waders as they observe St. Mark's Square during an expected high water, in Venice, northern Italy, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. A firefighter next to a partially submerged car after heavy rains caused flooding in the town of Limone Piemonte, Italy. He said over 100 homes had been destroyed or severely damaged. Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters massed close to Thailand's royal palace, in a huge rally calling for PM Prayut Chan-O-Cha to step down and demanding reforms to the monarchy, Supporters of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr maintain social distancing as they attend Friday prayers after the coronavirus disease restrictions were eased, in Kufa mosque, near Najaf, Iraq, A protester climbs on The Triumph of the Republic at 'the Place de la Nation' as thousands of protesters take part in a demonstration during a national day strike called by labor unions asking for better salary and against jobs cut in Paris, France, A fire raging near the Lazzaretto of Ancona in Italy. Meteo France issued a danger alert on Friday and all schools in the region had been closed. 10 Day. ... Italy on May 31, 2020. And Venetians … fear it will take another disastrous flood to shake Italy's politicians." A storm that moved overnight across south-eastern France into north-western Italy caused major flooding on both sides of the border, destroying bridges, blocking roads and isolating communities. The resulting floodwater has torn through the region, devastating families and destroying hundreds of homes, bridges and other key infrastructure, leaving communities trapped and isolated. A firefighter next to a partially submerged car after heavy rains caused flooding in the town of Limone Piemonte, Italy. Rescue efforts included 871 personnel working on the ground, in addition to military helicopters and troops helping with emergency assistance, Mr Castex said. “Together we will get through this,” he said. Increasing floods, badly managed tourism and lack of affordable homes drive residents out Angela Giuffrida in Venice Fri 10 Jan 2020 00.00 EST Last modified on Fri 10 Jan 2020 05.45 EST A fireman died and 19 people were missing in France and Italy after a storm hit border regions of the two countries, causing heavy flooding that … Video caption: Sardinia: Flooding hits Italian island Sardinia: Flooding hits Italian island. On the other side of the border, in south-eastern France, almost a year's average rainfall fell in less than 12 hours in the mountainous area surrounding the city of Nice. In Italy, a firefighter was killed during a rescue operation in the mountainous northern region of Val d'Aosta, while another body was found near where a man had been swept away by floodwaters on Friday night. Severe storms hit much of Italy on Thursday and Friday, September 25, 2020, leaving widespread damage and at least one person dead. Two dead and at least 24 missing in France and Italy amid heavy flooding. Sign up for the Herald's newsletter here, The Age's here, Brisbane Times' here and WAtoday's here. A building is toppled over by the Cervo river in spate due to heavy rains in Biella, northern Italy, on Saturday, October 3. Credit:AP. “I cannot hide our grave concern on the definitive toll,” Castex said. Further east, 13 residents were evacuated from their homes in the town of Diesbach because of flooding. The Italian firefighters used a helicopter to ferry 17 people to safety from the French town of Vievola, including a woman with two grandchildren. This aerial view provided Sunday Oct.4, 2020 by the Alpes Maritimes region fire brigade show a house keeping a fragile balance on a hill while a rive floods Saturday Oct.3. Floods in Palermo, Sicily, Italy, 15 to 16 July 2020. Today. As prime minister Jean Castex and interior minister Gerald Darmanin arrived in the region on Saturday, president Emmanuel Macron expressed gratitude toward rescuers, tweeting: “Together we will get through this.”. Masks, which were already compulsory on public transport, in enclosed public spaces, and outdoors in Paris in certain high-congestion areas around tourist sites, were made mandatory outdoors citywide on August 28 to fight the rising coronavirus infections, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows to the national flag at the start of a press conference at the prime minister official residence in Tokyo. "Lots of bad things have happened here, but now something wonderful has happened," he said. Expecting the worst, workmen had laid out raised walkways in especially vulnerable places, including the often packed St Mark's Square. Article share tools. China will celebrate national day marking the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1st, The Glass Mountain Inn burns as the Glass Fire moves through the area in St. Helena, California. Paris: Italian firefighters rescued 25 people trapped on the French side of a high mountain pass by severe flooding that killed two people in Italy, while 15 were stuck in a train station for the night and eight more remained missing in France. Boats have been seen almost beached as water levels dip drastically. Rescue efforts included 871 personnel working on the ground, as well as military helicopters and troops helping with emergency assistance, Castex said. The situation at the tunnel on the high mountain pass is complicated by the fact that French emergency responders cannot access their side due to flood damage, Mr Cari said. Elsewhere in Sardinia, overflowing rivers flooded roads and destroyed bridges. French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday expressed gratitude toward rescuers on Twitter. One managed to grab hold of a tree, and was rescued. December 2, 2020 Onize Ohikere International. Visitors stand on a trestle bridge as they admire St. Mark's Basilica during an expected high water, in Venice, northern Italy, on Saturday. By The Associated Press October 04, 2020. October 3, 2020 | 11:27am | Updated October 3, 2020 | 11:28am People walk across elevated walkways to St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy today. The network of 78 bright yellow barriers that guard the entrance to the delicate Venetian lagoon lifted from the sea bed as the tide, driven by strong winds and rain, started to climb. Thailand has seen near-daily protests in recent weeks by students demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Members of the Kayapo tribe block the BR163 highway during a protest outside Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil. A building is toppled over by the Cervo river in spate due to heavy rains in Biella, northern Italy, on Saturday, October 3. The worst flooding to hit Venice in more than 50 years has brought the historic city to its knees, its mayor said on Wednesday. “As I speak, priority goes to searching for victims, providing supplies and accommodation for the people affected, and restoring communications,” the prime minister added. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Authorities were searching for 17 missing people in neighbouring Piedmont, where unrelenting overnight rainfall hit levels not seen since 1958, with as much as 63cm falling in just one day, according to the Italian civil protection agency. Several buildings were evacuated. Home » News » Two killed, 24 missing in severe floods in Italy and France Two killed, 24 missing in severe floods in Italy and France On October 4, 2020 5:28 am In News by David O Royal Unrelenting rainfall overnight hit levels not seen since 1958 in northern Italy's Piedmont region, where as much as 630 millimetres of rain fell in a 24-hour period, according to the Italian civil protection agency. Nice mayor Christian Estrosi expressed his “emotion and sympathy” for the families. The huge blaze broke out overnight at the port of Ancona. Visitors stand on a trestle bridge as they admire St. Mark's Basilica during an expected high water, in Venice, northern Italy, on Saturday.Credit:AP. Italy's canal city is struggling to cope with the worst floods in more than 5 decades. “As I speak, priority goes to searching for victims, providing supplies and accommodation for the people affected, and restoring communications," the Prime Minister said. At least three people were killed after heavy rain caused severe flooding. ... Today's Best Discounts. His brother managed to grab onto a tree and was saved, while authorities were searching on the French side for the shepherd. Flooding from record rains in the mountainous region that spans France and Italy killed two people in Italy and left at least 24 people in the two countries missing Saturday. Water levels remain elevated after reaching a peak of 187 centimeters (74 inches) on Tuesday night. Aerial footage shows damage caused by France flooding, Pope Francis prays with priests at the end of a limited public audience at the San Damaso courtyard in The Vatican, A girl's silhouette is seen from behind a fabric in a tent along a beach by Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, A Chinese woman takes a photo of herself in front of a flower display dedicated to frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in Beijing, China. Sam Corbishley Saturday 3 Oct 2020 4:09 pm. ... 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Local authorities urged people to stay at home. Heavy rain Wednesday night caused flooding in Palermo, the capital of the autonomous region of Sicily, according to the Italian ANSA news agency.