Thirteen die, thousands homeless as floods hit Italy

More than twenty rivers have burst their banks in Italy, leaving thirteen people dead and forcing thousands from their homes after six months’ rainfall fell in a day and a half.

More bodies were found after almost every river flooded between Bologna and the north-east coast one hundred and fifteen kilometers away.

Reports say around two hundred and eighty landslides have taken place due to the unusual rainfall.

The mayor of Ravenna, a city badly affected by flooding, Michele de Pascale told the the media, it was the worst disaster in a century.

He described the damage caused by the floods as catastrophic, costing people in his city and the wider region their homes, possessions and for some, their lives.