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Prosecutors probe Sardinia flash flood deaths
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Rome (AFP) Nov 24, 2013


Third body recovered after Greek island flood: official
Athens (AFP) Nov 24, 2013 - Rescue crews on the Greek tourist island of Rhodes on Sunday found the body of a man missing after heavy rainfall hit the area, raising the death toll to three, the fire department said.

"The body of a 67-year-old man was found, not far from where his 54-year-old wife had been located" in a river bank on Friday, a fire department spokesman said.

The authorities were still looking for a 53-year-old teacher who had been trapped in a car with another man and a woman when the intense three-hour downpour hit Rhodes on Friday.

The second man managed to escape, but the 27-year-old woman was found dead on Saturday.

A Super Puma helicopter with a specialised rescue team and dogs has been sent to Rhodes to assist the search. A second team will be sent on Sunday.

The fire department said it had rescued another 20 people trapped in their homes or cars.

A state of emergency has been declared in parts of the island.

The state-run Athens News Agency reported that some areas of the island suffered temporary power cuts and that local roads appear to have been damaged.

According to local media, the fire department received some 290 calls for help overall.

Prosecutors in Sardinia have opened five investigations into the deaths of 16 people killed during flash floods which swept away bridges and flooded homes, Italian media reported Sunday.

One person was still officially registered as missing after the Mediterranean cyclone which swept through on Monday, leaving the port city of Olbia, a popular holiday destination in the summer months, under water and thousands of people homeless.

The deaths sparked angry accusations that the island had not been sufficiently forewarned or prepared for the sudden deluge of 440mm (17.3 inches) of rain -- almost half the amount that usually falls on average in Italy over an entire year.

Sardinia's fire brigade said trucks had been stuck in flooded areas, forcing them to wait for more equipment to arrive from the mainland.

Case files have been opened into those who died in Olbia, including two children, as well as victims who drowned when a bridge gave way in nearby Monte Pinu and a policeman who died in his car after a section of the road he was driving on collapsed.

The officer had been escorting an ambulance which was rushing a pregnant woman to hospital.

Italy's Environment Minister Andrea Orlando on Sunday announced an extra five million euros ($6.7 million) in funds for the stricken island, on top of 20 million euros already released by the government.

Infrastructure Minister Maurizio Lupi said the government would be looking into "whether intervention protocols should be improved" after the flood.

"Families in Sardinia have told me they had never seen such rain. In one hour, hell broke lose. This cannot become an excuse for not doing anything," he said.

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