Day of mourning for Sardinia flood victims

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Around 20,000 people in Sardinia have been affected by the floods. Photo: Angelo Cucca/AFP
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Prime Minister Enrico Letta has declared Friday a day of mourning, to mark the death of 16 people in flash floods on the island of Sardinia.

Around 1,700 people were still sheltering in emergency accommodation on Wednesday following Monday’s floods, prompted by a cyclone sweeping across the island.

As funerals for the victims were held in Sardinia, Letta took to Twitter to announce a national day of mourning. “We have decided that tomorrow is a day of national mourning for the tragedy of Sardinia,” the prime minister wrote.

The announcement follows the islanders’ own day of mourning for the victims.

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Around 20,000 people in Sardinia have been affected, with the north-eastern city of Olbia left almost entirely under water.

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The national government declared a state of emergency earlier this week and allocated €20 million for emergency assistance, while the regional government provided five million euros.

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