Flooding in Northern Italy Damages Cinque Terre Villages

The Telegraph is reporting that five people have been killed and another six are missing after storms and rain caused extensive floods in northern Italy. The most affected region was Liguria, with at least two of the five World Heritage-listed Cinque Terre coastal villages cut off as a result of roads being washed away.

The walking trails and fishing villages of the Cinque Terre attract "hundreds of thousands of international tourists," the story continues, but two of these towns—Vernazza and Monterosso (pictured)—were severely damaged by mudslides from the surrounding hills. The mayor of Monterosso said the fishing village had all but been wiped out. "Monterosso no longer exists," Angelo Betta told an Italian news agency.


Photo courtesy of Davide Papalini