Wednesday, December 8, 2021

A man dies in the flood storm in Sardinia: five people rescued by a tree

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In severe storms in Sardinia there was at least one death. Five people saved themselves in a tree and had to be freed by helicopter.

On the Italian island of Sardinia, a man was carried away by masses of water during violent storms and died. The senior had got stuck in his car in Sant’Anna Arresi in the south in the morning, got out and was hit by the water of a brook that had overflowed, the fire brigade said on Sunday evening. The helpers then looked for the man with several emergency services and found his body a little later.

Further east, near the parish of Villa San Pietro, a swollen river trapped four hunters. In the evening, the emergency services were there to bring those affected to safety. Nearby, the Vigili del Fuoco rescued five people who had taken a tree to safety from the floods by rescue helicopter.

The civil defense had predicted severe storms in Sardinia for Sunday and again declared the second highest warning level for Monday in the south of the island. In total, the emergency services moved out around 50 times because of the storm and freed, among other things, people who were stuck at home due to flooding.

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