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Two dead as storms batter Italy

Two people were killed as storms and flooding struck Italy over the past few days.

Two dead as storms batter Italy
The storms marked the end of a long heatwave. Photo: Giorgio Galleoti

A 27-year-old man was killed after being hit on the head by a falling rock, which became loose in strong winds at an outdoor disco in Cilento, a town in the province of Salerno, while a 29-year-old man died after being swept away by a flood that hit the campsite he was staying at in Quittengo, Piedmont, Ansa reported.

Derik De Sannio disappeared in the Cervo river flooding on Sunday night; his body was found by rescue workers on Tuesday.

The storms wreaked havoc across the country, uprooting trees and causing transport delays.

In Palermo, a man was injured when a felled tree hit his scooter, while there was also flooding in Cefal├╣, east of the Sicilian capital.

Meanwhile, six people in a rubber dinghy were rescued by Italy's coast guard in stormy seas off the coast of Vieste in Puglia.

The storms marked the end of a heatwave that lasted more than a month.

The sunshine is forecast to return on Wednesday, although the bad weather is expected to make a comeback after the Ferragosto holiday on August 15th.

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