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Catastrophic floods hit Italy’s Marche region after SIXTEEN centimeters of rain in just seven hours

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Several people are missing and dozens of vehicles wiped out as catastrophic flooding hit Italy’s Marche region after SIXTEEN centimeters of rain in just seven hours

  • The huge amount of rain was recorded in Cantiano, 16 inches in seven hours
  • Clips show people wading through muddy floodwaters and submerging cars
  • Floods are part of a wave of storms currently hitting regions across Italy
  • Farmers’ association Coldiretti says it’s the 1,642nd extreme weather event of the summer

Several people are missing and dozens of vehicles were wiped out when catastrophic flooding hit Italy’s Marche region after 16 inches of rain in just seven hours.

Cantiano recorded the massive amount of rain, second only to the Liguria region, where 496mm of rain fell in 6 hours in Montenotte in October 2021.

A clip posted to Telegram shows people waist-deep in water with umbrellas held as floods grip the Marche region.

There are cars around them submerged in muddy water as the rain continues to pour.

As they wade through it, the person holding the camera turns to rubble and nearby buildings that are perilously close to the flood.

Around them are submerged cars with their lights on

A clip posted to Telegram shows people waist-deep in water with umbrellas held as floods grip the Marche region

Footage also shows a huge mud river in Sassoferrato and a flooded Sentino River as dirty water poured through the streets last night.

The massive flood appears to be carrying debris and hitting a building as people watch and emergency services can be seen in the background.

Another video shows more fast-flowing downpours overtaking the streets of Senigallia as emergency services arrive.

The floods that hit the Marche region are, according to ans, part of a wave of storms hitting the country.

Other regions with storms are Tuscany, Umbria, Abruzzo, Friuli Venezia Guilia, Lombardy, Liguria and Molise.

The rubble was quickly swept along the river as people watched

Water was close to nearby buildings amid the extreme weather conditions

Footage also shows a huge mud river in Sassoferrato and a flooded Sentino River as dirty water poured through the streets last night

It is the latest in a long series of extreme weather events that have taken place in Italy this summer.

The total number this summer is 1,642, which is five times as many as ten years ago, according to farmers’ association Coldiretti.

Coldiretti released the figures based on data from the European Severe Weather Database.

The ESWD database covers events such as tornadoes, heavy rains, large hail, and lightning strikes.

Cars are seen in huge amounts of water as people hold umbrellas next to the flooded road

Cars are seen in huge amounts of water as people hold umbrellas next to the flooded road

Coldiretti said Italy’s long hot summer with drought was interrupted by heavy rainfall.

It added that the number of extreme weather events in 2022 caused more than six billion euros in damage to agriculture – 10 percent of the value of national production.

The farmers’ association added: “We are facing the clear impacts of climate change, where exceptional atmospheric events are now also the norm in Italy, with a tendency towards tropical temperatures manifesting in more frequent violent events, seasonal shifts, short, intense rainfall, the rapid transition from sunshine to bad weather, with significant temperature fluctuations endangering crops, loss of production and damage to rural structures and infrastructure’.

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