Cyclone Cleopatra claims 18 lives in Sardinia

Published on : Tuesday, November 19, 2013

cycloneItalian island of Sardinia has been hit by an ‘apocalyptic’ storm which has claimed at least 18 lives till now. Hundreds of people across the Mediterranean island have been moved from their homes because of the flash flooding caused by Cyclone Cleopatra.

Prime Minister Enrico Letta has declared a state of emergency while Sardinian Governor Ugo Cappellacci told Italian TV that the situation on the island was “dramatic”.

A number of people are reported missing. The area around the north-eastern city of Olbia has been the worst-hit.

According to reports, the flooding was caused by a deep area of low pressure that has been sitting over the Mediterranean, bringing sustained heavy rain.

A number of flights to and from mainland Italy have been cancelled due to the storm which is expected to move across Italy and further east, bringing further downpours and the threat of flooding, particularly in Venice.

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