The Bisenzio River overflowed its banks and flooded several communities. The cities of Prato, Empoli and Pontedera were particularly affected, whose hospitals were flooded, as the president of the Tuscany region, Eugenio Giani, reported.
The fatalities include an 85-year-old pensioner who was found dead on the ground floor of his home in the Tuscan town of Montemurlo near Prato, Italian media reported. The disabled man was found lifeless in his house, which had been invaded by water. An 84-year-old woman died in Montemurlo. There was no further information about the third victim. The President of Tuscany declared a state of emergency in the region.
The mayor of the city of Prato north of Florence, Matteo Biffoni, spoke of the devastating situation. “The situation is shocking, now we have to work hard to clear the city of mud,” Biffoni wrote on social networks. Thousands of households were without power due to the storms. Parts of the A11 motorway had to be closed. There were significant problems with rail traffic. Schools in Tuscany will remain closed on Friday.
The northern Italian region of Veneto was also badly affected by the storms. One person went missing in the Dolomites province of Belluno. This is a firefighter who was not on duty. He is said to have fallen into a river. A second missing person was reported in the Verona area.
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