Much of the floodwater in the Liguria and Tuscany regions of Italy has subsided to reveal massive damage.
The Liguria and Tuscany regions in the north and centre of Italy have been worst hit by the floods, with houses torn apart and cars thrown on top of each other after swollen rivers spewed torrents of muddy water through villages. One village resident said he had initially got onto his roof when the rains came down but had eventually had to brave the water and walk to safety.WATCH: Scenes from the aftermath.
"We had a flood that we never, ever saw before. The rain fell and then it was two metres high on the ground, terribly fast, we were on the roof and we had to go down and run elsewhere," said Armando Fabiani from the village of Brugnato in La Spezia. Rescue services have found it difficult to enter the worst hit areas, with roads and bridges washed away and many major thoroughfares blocked. But the search for the missing has already begun and diggers are clearing debris. Officials have said nine people died as a result of the floods. Several people are still missing. - Telegraph.