‘Apocalyptic’ torrential rains wreak havoc on Italian island of Sardinia, killing 18

November 19, 2013SARDINIA, Italy - A storm has killed at least 16 people on the Italian island of Sardinia, with two people unaccounted for and fears the death toll will rise, officials say. Confirming the deaths to CNN affiliate Sky TG24, Regional President Ugo Cappellacci described the situation as ‘dramatic and critical.’ Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta held a Cabinet meeting to declare a state of emergency in Sardinia. He told reporters the government has allocated 20 million euros ($27 million) in immediate aid to the Mediterranean island. The money will be used to help save lives, assist the displaced and repair roads, he said. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano issued a statement expressing solidarity with the affected communities. Olbia Mayor Gianni Giovannelli said the city had been destroyed by the “apocalyptic” storm, with bridges felled and water levels reaching 10 feet (3.5 m) in some places. He described the ferocity of the storm’s rains as a “water bomb.”Civil Protection Agency spokeswoman Francesca Maffini said that the two missing people were a farmer and a woman who lived alone.
Both were in the province of Nuoro, she said. Maffini told CNN the island had received six months’ worth of rainfall — 450 mm (more than a foot) — in 12 hours. Addressing lawmakers in Italy’s Parliament on Tuesday, Environment Minister Andrea Orlando said the area had an average rainfall of 1,000 mm, and a similar deluge had not occurred there in centuries. Italy’s state news agency ANSA reported that flooding from the storm — named locally as Cleopatra — forced many people to flee their homes, with thousands seeking shelter in public facilities such as gymnasiums. ANSA said a Brazilian family of four was among the dead: a mother, father and two teenage children drowned when a flash flood hit their ground-floor flat in Arzachena, near Olbia. The Civil Protection Agency said 2,500 people have been displaced and more than 10,000 people are without electricity. The agency is still trying to reach all the areas affected, it said in a statement. Widespread flooding and landslides have blocked roads, and the agency urged motorists to drive only when necessary and to check road conditions before beginning a journey. -CNN (excerpt)
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4 Responses to ‘Apocalyptic’ torrential rains wreak havoc on Italian island of Sardinia, killing 18

  1. What happened in Sardania, is another “Calamity”, from the kinds of “Natural Disaster”…..which evolves from the “climate Change” and have its impact upon the whole “Earth”,, causing-a change, in the landscape, and a “geological deformation” …. This changement upon he Earth, has too, its Own impact upon the “civilization”, i.e. the Society where we live….i.e., these natural disasters, engender directly a certain social behavior, in order tostand against the “environmental threats”……We cannot speak clearly about prohecies or “an apocalyptic rain”….The Climate Change and its “forecast” is nowadays, in the 21st.cent. enough developped, in order we, any society living upon the earth, Under the sun, can “preview” what is happening , what can happen…..What can be involved from these calamities, are from the fields of “economic disaster”, which includes the electrical powers, the energy, the plantations and agriculture, etc….In order to stand against these “environmental threats”, the World must be enough responsible, in order to take the précautions needed, after the forcast of the weather, and even the after the knowledge of “what”can happen in each place , upon earth…..What we know now, is that the Climate Change is causing the Earth to Change, too….Marie -Myriam Cassin Edelman..

  2. bobby90247 says:

    Has anyone noticed the use of “BIBLICAL” terms relating to the End Times being used with every other news story today?

    Tell me “WE” aren’t being “prepped” for a “FALSE FLAG” scenario of
    “BIBLICAL, APOCALYPTIC (eh! use any other word(s) you’d like)” , , , PROPORTIONS!!!

  3. Irene C says:

    Rough weather in a lot of places.

    Large hailstones pummel southeast Qld

    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/11/16/severe-storms-hail-hit-southeast-qld

    Hailstones the size of tennis balls have pelted parts of southeast Queensland as severe thunderstorms sweep through the area.

    A Bureau of Meteorology severe weather warning is in place for Redland, North Stradbroke Island, parts of the Gold Coast, Logan, Gympie and the Sunshine Coast.

    The storms, which battered other parts of the region earlier on Saturday, are moving in a east-northeast direction.

    The bureau says “very dangerous” thunderstorms are expected to hit Double Island Point, Rainbow Beach, the Wide Bay, Mount Cotton, Macleay Island and Victoria Point by 3pm on Saturday.

    Destructive winds and large hailstones are likely.

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