Several still missing after flash floods in southern Italy kill 10
August 21 2018 11:48 AM
Rescuers and citizens wait in the central square of Civita, a village in the Italian Calabria southe
Rescuers and citizens wait in the central square of Civita, a village in the Italian Calabria southern region yesterday.

dpa/Rome

Up to five people were reported missing on Tuesday in the southern region of Calabria, a day after flash floods on a mountain trail killed 10 tourist hikers. 

Heavy rains caused a surge in a river in the Raganello gorge, near the mountain community of Civita, catching sightseers off guard and carrying some away.
Working through the night, rescuers recovered 10 bodies and rescued 23 people, including 11 who were hospitalized, a Civil Protection spokesman told dpa.
The spokesman said there were three to five missing people, while Italy's national fire department said separately on Twitter it was still looking for five hikers. 
The 13-kilometre-long canyon is a popular tourist destination thanks to its clear water and spectacular rock formations. Excursions are offered through the gorge, which is said to be up to 400 metres deep.
The La Repubblica newspaper quoted a hospitalized, unnamed Dutch tourist who was hit by the floods: "An avalanche of water came, a sudden thing, we did not have time to do anything," he said.



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