Two killed as tor­nado strikes quake-hit Italy

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

An In­dian na­tional was amongst two peo­ple who died af­ter the out­skirts of Rome were hit by a tor­nado pow­er­ful enough to up­root trees, over­turn cars and dam­age build­ings, Ital­ian au­thor­i­ties said yes­ter­day. Schools were closed and a clean-up op­er­a­tion was un­der­way in Ladis­poli, a coastal town west of Rome where the whirl­wind hit on Sun­day evening. “It came in from the sea and swept through the town cen­tre. There were fish­ing boats in the har­bor that were moved over 100 me­ters,” the town’s mayor, Crescenzo Paliotta, told re­porters. The In­dian vic­tim, iden­ti­fied in me­dia re­ports as farm la­borer Surinder Singh, died af­ter be­ing struck by a piece of ma­sonry blown off the edge of an apart­ment build­ing, Paliotta said. The other vic­tim was a pen­sioner who was hit by a fall­ing tree in the small town of Ce­sano, north of the cap­i­tal. The tor­nado struck as Italy con­tin­ues to grap­ple with the dam­age done to cen­tral re­gions by three pow­er­ful earth­quakes in just over two months.

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