Italian village of Vignano is hit by storm called ‘Medicane’

Image copyright Giovanna Pantello Image caption Firefighters are helping residents navigate stormy weather in Vignano The Italian town of Vignano has been hit by what is thought to be a storm known as “Medicane”….

Italian village of Vignano is hit by storm called 'Medicane'

Image copyright Giovanna Pantello Image caption Firefighters are helping residents navigate stormy weather in Vignano

The Italian town of Vignano has been hit by what is thought to be a storm known as “Medicane”.

Floods have devastated the area, while the Italian Red Cross says two people have died.

Twenty-five people have been treated in hospital for injuries including broken limbs and hypothermia, the Red Cross said.

Some fear the death toll could rise as the floods continue.

Flood warnings have been issued for the area in the countryside near Italy’s Adriatic coast, while some residents have been evacuated as floods turn gardens into rivers.

Exports cut

“Everybody is devastated,” Vignano mayor Giancarlo Qualia told Reuters news agency.

“Everything is ruined.”

The town had its historic centre flooded when the waters began to rise during the night, and a school was also destroyed.

The Veneto region, which includes the city of Venice, issued a warning on Monday night that stormy weather was to hit throughout the coming hours.

Many Venetians have taken to social media to express their shock and also wonder what all the fuss is about.

The storm is one of many storms to hit northern Europe recently.

In November last year, three people died in Sweden after a storm overwhelmed bridges and flooded part of the European railway network.

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