The death toll from devastating floods and landslides in northern Italy rose to 14 last Thursday, authorities said, and could rise further over the weekend.
More bodies were found Thursday after severe flooding and multiple landslides that affected dozens of cities and towns in the northern region, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.
The flooding left a trail of destruction in its wake, damaging homes and shops, while debris from the storm blocked roads and disrupted train travel, media reported.
The coastal region of Emilia-Romagna has been hit twice, firstly by heavy rains two weeks ago on arid and drought ground that could not absorb it, causing rivers to overflow during the night.
The area was particularly vulnerable. Its location between the Apennine mountains and the Adriatic Sea trapped the weather system this week which dumped half the annual average amount of rain in 36 hours.