Rome, Nov 5: With the deaths of 12 people in Sicily, the death toll in Italy's horrendous flooding has grown to 29, the country's interior minister said.
'Twelve dead in Sicily, people having dinner were swept away by the water,' Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said in a statement to the press in the northern region of Veneto.
Nine of the people were members of two families dining together when the house was submerged by water from a nearby river that overflowed suddenly, the Fire Brigade said on Twitter adding that its divers had found the bodies. Among the victims were two children, 1 and 3 years old.
High winds and heavy rain have devastated parts of the country over the past week, causing the worst flooding in at least a decade in Venice, damages of more than 1 billion euros ($1.14 billion) in Veneto and landslides that have cut off villages, CNN reported while quoting the local authorities.
Italy's Civil Protection Agency continues to monitor the situation, issuing weather warnings via Twitter, while volunteers from the Italian Red Cross work to rescue people.