Flooding in Sardinia in Italy

Flooding in Sardinia in Italy

Heavy rainfall of over 100 mm in 4 hours caused flooding in Sardinia, an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. At least 1 person died and several were injured.

As of Nov. 15, 2021, the worst flooding occurred in the south of the island, including the capital Cagliari and the communes of Villa San Pietro and Sant’Anna Arresi. Some roads were also closed in the northern parts of the island.

Crews from Italy’s Vigili del Fuoco fire department conducted 85 operations in Cagliari, mostly to divert floodwaters, clear debris from roads and rescue stranded people. Mayor Paolo Truzzu said 104 mm of rain fell in just four hours. All schools, parks, sports facilities, libraries and museums, as well as several roads were closed.

Vigili del Fuoco used helicopters to rescue five people stranded by flooding in Villa San Pietro. Four hunters who had been reported missing in Sarroche were found and rescued. Two others were rescued from a stranded vehicle in Capoterra. Sadly, one person died after being washed away by floodwaters at Sant’Anna Arresi. Three people were rescued from a collapsed house in Sant’Anna Arresi.

Heavy rains hit the island of Sicily around November 10, particularly in the provinces of Agrigento and Trapani, where more than 100 operations were carried out by Vigili del Fuoco. Several people were rescued from flooded houses in Mazara del Vallo. A wall and part of the road collapsed near an apartment building in Sciacca, swallowing several cars and causing evacuations.

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