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Palermo hit the heaviest rain since the end of the 18th century, flooding dozens of cars in the tunnel (VIDEO)

On July 15, heavy rain fell on the northern part of the Italian island of Sicily. The city of Palermo suffered the most from the elements, the streets of which went under water. Here the rain did not stop for about three hours. According to Mayor Leoluki Orlando, more than a meter of precipitation fell in two hours, Sky TG24 television reported .


As the mayor said, the rain that fell on the city was the strongest since 1790. “In just two hours, the annual rainfall fell,” he said and pointed out that the weather services did not forecast rain of such intensity, and the city authorities did not announce a storm warning, TASS reported.

As a result, the roads were heavily flooded. And the most difficult situation was in the tunnel, where dozens of cars were under water, and people had to escape by swimming. With hypothermia, two children were hospitalized.

Local media reported two dead, citing an eyewitness who saw that people could not get out of the car. The Italian National Fire Corps on its Twitter page informed that rescuers found this car, but there was nobody there. They examined other vehicles, but also found no one in them.

As the head of the regional civil defense, Salvo Kokina, told ANSA , at the lowest point of the flooded tunnel, the current water level is one meter. This section was carefully inspected, so the rescuers believe that there were no casualties.

In another district of the city, a stream of water and mud dragged several cars hundreds of meters. No one was hurt here either, Stormnews reports .

Due to inclement weather, firefighters received over 300 calls, some of which they continue to operate. Due to the rising water, they were flooded and damaged the building. Residents of several houses were evacuated.

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