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Landslides in Italy force 200 from their homes

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Landslides in Italy force 200 from their homes
A file picture from an Italian mudslide in 2010 in Massa which claimed the lives of two people. AFP Photo/Fabio Muzzi
10:15 CET+01:00
Torrential rain in the Liguria region in northern Italy triggered landslides that have forced 200 people from their homes and cut off around 1,000 more in a remote mountain community, Italian media reported on Saturday.

Road and rail traffic in the region has been badly hampered and parts of the Via Aurelia, an old Roman road connecting the Italian capital to the French border, have been closed because of multiple landslides.

"The situation is really critical," said Renato Briano, regional representative for the civil protection agency, as the poor weather conditions continued.

The region is often affected by bad weather.

The main city in Liguria, the port of Genoa, was badly hit by flash floods in November 2011 that claimed six lives and devastated several neighbourhoods.

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