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6 killed in Italy storm, others missing

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GENOA, Italy, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Six people died and several others were missing after a severe storm struck the Genoa, Italy, area Friday, causing flooding, officials said.

The victims included two children, and unconfirmed reports from sources said a 15-year-old girl was unaccounted for, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

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The heavy rains hit the city and the surrounding Liguria region in northwest Italy.

Rosario Gioia, 38, told ANSA he saw a woman and two children being swept away by floodwaters and dived in to save them, but the baby was already dead.

ANSA said the Cinque Terre coastal region had already been hit by recent flooding and mudslides.

Area schools closed Friday, and residents were evacuated from flooded Vernazza and the Vara Valley Thursday.

At least 10 people died last week in the regions of Liguria and Tuscany, ANSA said, and storms and mudslides swept away roads and bridges and cut off entire towns.

Environment Minister Stefania Prestigiacomo said Thursday 9.8 percent of the country was suffering from high water levels and more than 6,600 communities were affected.

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