ROME: Four people died in a flash flood that tore through a festival in Italy on Saturday night, sweeping away residents, tents and cars in a muddy torrent. After a sudden 10-minute burst of heavy rain during the local festival in Refrontolo near Venice, the Lierza river burst its banks, local officials and media reported yesterday.
Torrential rain also led to flooding in northern Bulgaria overnight on Saturday, leaving two people dead and prompting local authorities to evacuate more than 900 after a number of houses were left under water.
In Italy, the flooding hit near a popular beauty spot turning a local street into a raging river as the waters carried away tents, vehicles and stands. The bodies of four men were discovered, some of them as far as 1km from the area of the festivities, rescue officials said.
Local authorities said eight people had been injured.
“When we arrived at the festival site, instead of a street we found a river which was more than a metre high,” a firefighter told the Italian news agency ANSA.
Rescue workers were battling to protect the 17th century Molinetto della Croda mill, a well-known local landmark, which sits beside the river. AFP