6 Nov 2011

Fatal storm in Genoa

10:12 am on 6 November 2011

Seven people were killed in Italy when the port city of Genoa was hit by flash floods during torrential rainfall on Friday.

Five, including two children, died when the lobby of an apartment block where they had sought shelter, was flooded.

A woman was apparently crushed by cars being swept away by the water.

Several people were missing.

Hundreds of shops were flooded as two rivers burst their banks.

Television footage showed cars floating and people wading knee-deep through flooded streets.

Motorways in the area were also closed and flights re-routed away from the airport.

Sunday's Serie A soccer match between Genoa and Inter Milan was postponed.

Much of northern Italy was hit by heavy rains on Friday. Flooding was also reported in Venice.

Last week the government declared a state of emergency in the north western Liguria region and Tuscany after storms there killed at least 10 people and caused widespread flooding and mudslides.