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Flooding in Matera

Matera in Basilicata, Italy

It’s not only the north of Italy which has been hit by the force of heavy rainfall.  In Italy’s south excessive rainfall has been causing problems too: turning roads in Matera in Italy’s Basilicata region into rivers.

Here is a video which shows a road which has become a river near Matera‘s industrial area.

The description below the video states that this is not the first time the road has been transformed into a river but that nothing has ever been done.

If you watch the video, you will notice the font of the water which appears to be a burst manhole cover.

While the flow of water is probably not that dangerous, it does raise the questions regarding what may happen in the event of much heavier rain.

Matera in Basilicata, Italy
Matera in Basilicata, Italy

Incidentally, it is in the Matera area that two people are still missing after their car was hit by a flash flood last Sunday.  The car has been found but, sadly, its occupants, a man of 87 and his 44 year old daughter are still missing.  The search is continuing, although hopes of finding the father and daughter alive are fading.  Fingers crossed that they turn up safe and sound.

Here is a video which shows what can happen to roads in Italy in the, seemingly ever increasing, event of flash floods.

Road Becomes a River in Matera, Italy

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To help you understand where Matera is in Italy, here is a map:

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Rain is still falling in Italy and has caused significant damage in Genoa, the Cinque Terre, on the island of Elba, and near Naples, rains led to the creation of a literal river of refuse.

Recent storms have lead to the lost of lives.

Photo credit: Matera picture taken by Wikipedia user: Idéfix in July 2003.

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