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Anger in Sardinia at slow pace of aid after cyclone

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Nov 20, 2013
In cyclone-battered Sardinia, there is some anger at the authorities among residents who say help…

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In cyclone-battered Sardinia, there is some anger at the authorities among residents who say help has been slow to arrive.

At least 16 people were killed by Cyclone Cleopatra and the torrential rains it brought with it.

The north-eastern town of Olbia was among the hardest-hit areas. Thousands of locals had to flee their homes when 45 centimetres of rain fell in just 90 minutes.

Local Bruna Argiolas explained: “My boyfriend and I escaped swimming through the windows and we managed to get upstairs. Now my sister and her husband have come to help us.”

“The authorities say the army is here to help, but we haven’t seen anybody,” Argiolas complained.

BBC News – Sardinia hit by deadly Cyclone Cleopatra

Nov 19, 2013
At least 18 people have been killed after a powerful cyclone hit the the Italian island of Sardinia.

A number of people are reported missing after rivers burst their banks, sweeping cars away and causing bridges to collapse.

The Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has called it a national tragedy.

Matthew Price reports from Sardinia.

Sardinia Counts Cost of Deadly Storm—Cyclone Cleopatra

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Nov 20, 2013
Clean-up operations underway in parts of Sardinia ravaged by deadly Cyclone Cleopatra

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The Sardinian town of Olbia is among the areas worst-hit by Cyclone Cleopatra.

As night fell on Tuesday emergency workers were starting the task of clearing up.

[Mario Franchini, Fireman]:
“The shops here have all been flooded and are without electricity. Now we have about a metre of water but looking at the marks it looks like there was originally two metres.”

At least 18 people are now known to have died when the storm hit the Italian island late on Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

Severe flooding has left hundreds homeless.

The Italian government’s putting up 27 million dollars of immediate emergency funds.

Sardinia’s regional government’s approved another 6.7 million.

The bad weather was forecast to clear up on Wednesday.