ROME – Italian authorities are searching for two people who went missing during the intense storms that hit the country over the weekend and left at least six dead, the firefighting service reported on Monday.
The missing were identified as a 34-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man, according to local media.
“100 firefighters working to help the population. Searches continue for the two missing,” said the firefighting service on Twitter.
Around 2,500 people in the northern cities of Livorno and Pisa have been left without water or electricity and train stations have been shut down, leaving the area without rail access.
The Livorno council is expected to declare a state of emergency later on Monday and request that the Italian government quantify the damages caused by the downpour.
“Italy embraces Livorno. We are with the victims’ families, fully support the mayor and the region for facing the emergency,” said Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
The bad weather continued throughout the country on Monday, though it was less intense than over the weekend.
However the meteorological alert is to continue in place in central and northeastern regions until Tuesday at least.
The storms and subsequent disasters have raised alarm in Italy, where many people criticized that local authorities had not set up preventative measures.
“This umpteenth calamity caused by extraordinary bad weather will have to prompt a serious and thorough reflection in the political world on the effects of climate change and how to effectively defend our territories,” said President Sergio Mattarella.