Element in Italy claimed eight lives

The official number of victims of bad weather that hit in the last days of the northern and central regions of Italy, reached 8 people. On Sunday in the town of Vara Borghetto in Liguria from the ruins of the house recovered the body of 60-year-old Rita Kotstsani, a local teacher. Several people are still reported missing.

The country is gradually heals wounds, there are works on clearing roads of debris, repair bridges, power lines. In Liguria and neighboring Tuscany, along with civilian rescue workers and volunteers helping to restore the affected area of about 500 soldiers, they were given 80 units of ground vehicles and 4 helicopters. In the coastal cities of the province of La Spezia also involved sailors and carabineers. Until Sunday trains do not go by rail Genoa Spezia. Some communities cut off from the outside world and get to them only by helicopter. Thousands of families have been evacuated from homes in some areas affected by the disaster is not yet restored electricity, communication breakdown, the supply of water and gas.

Monterosso al Mare, included in UNESCO World Heritage Site, was flooded by mud flows, so that the first floors of many buildings was buried under a thick layer of mud. Leaders of the municipality were quick to say that Monterosso no longer exists. However, military units and volunteers still trying to save the ancient city. Another medieval town, Cinque Terre, is also included in the World Heritage List, almost razed to the ground by mudflows and landslides, according to Mayor of the locality.

Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the disaster. The Council of Ministers of Italy declared a state of emergency in areas of Liguria and Tuscany in the aftermath of the disaster. The decision was taken at an emergency cabinet meeting in Rome's Chigi Palace. Infrastructure Minister Altero Matteoli said the government has allocated 65 million euros for extraordinary work to restore sites affected by landslides and flooding caused by torrential rains.

Meanwhile, two prosecutors in Massa Carrara and La Spezia, to initiate an investigation for "the deliberate killing and catastrophe", the newspaper "Repubblica". Investigators suspect were supporters of environmental protection and management of the park Montemarcello — Magra, which in recent years prevented cleaning riverbeds. In Spices, local authorities charged that help people and rescue work started late.

According to meteorologists, the weather will improve in the coming days. The return of heavy rains, including the south, predicted for next Thursday, ITAR-TASS reported.

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