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Over a month's worth of rain fell in just 12 hours in parts of Italy and Switzerland on Saturday

Deadly floods and mudslides hit Italy and Switzerland


Monday, November 17, 2014, 14:13 GMT -

At least four people died after torrential rains across north-west Italy and Switzerland triggered floods and mudslides.

Some of the heaviest rainfall was seen in Genoa on Saturday. Over 160mm of rain fell in just 12 hours – double the amount of rain that would normally fall on the city in the whole of November.

Higher rainfall totals were reported in the mountains to the north of the city, with over 350mm recorded at one weather station in just 12 hours.

Heavy rains have plagued the region over the last few weeks with water levels becoming dangerously high in rivers and lakes.

Liguria has borne the brunt of the heavy rain across northern Italy, three years after seven people were killed in severe floods in 2011.

The active weather systems that brought the torrential rain also brought huge quantities of snow to the Alps with many ski resorts able to open early.

Further rain and mountain snow is expected over the next couple of days, but it is forecast to turn much drier by midweek as an area of high pressure extends westwards across much of Europe.

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