Three people die in Sicily floods

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Workers fix a broken barge in Rome's Tiber river, as the river's water level rose following heavy rains. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
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A seven-year-old child died along with two women when the car in which they were travelling was swept away by a flooded river near the Sicilian city of Syracuse.

The three were making their way home from a family meal, along with four other relatives, when the tragedy happened as they crossed a bridge over the swollen Asinaro river in the early hours of Sunday morning, Live Sicilia reported.

The other four passengers in the Ypsilon 4X4 survived while Antonino Restuccia, the 32-year-old driver and cousin of the child who died, was arrested for manslaughter.

The victims were named as Alessandra Tumminieri, 33, Maria Gioelli, 67, and seven-year-old Marisol Latino.

Heavy rains battered much of Italy, swelling rivers and flooding fields and roads, while alpine areas saw abundant snow, over the weekend.

The level of the river Tiber in Rome neared the top of its arches by Ponte Milvio bridge, while the river Arno in Pisa was also swollen

READ MORE HERE: Italy hit by flooding, snow and windstorms

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Rain is expected to continue until Tuesday, with the north-east regions being the worst affected, while more snow is forecast in the Alps.

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