WORLD Surging white-water gorge kills at least 10 in Italy

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Surging white-water gorge kills at least 10 in Italy

VCG

14:21, August 21, 2018

At least 10 people were killed in southern Italy on August 20 when the level of a raging white-water creek in a deep mountain gorge swelled suddenly after heavy rainfall upstream, officials said.

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The civil protection department said 18 people were rescued and six of those were injured in the flash rush of water in the Calabria region. 

Head of the civil protection unit for Calabria, Carlo Tansi said people had been shot out of the gorge like bullets as it had filled with water. 

Some people were found 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) down the valley.

It was not clear how many people were missing because not all had entered the gorge with official guides and registered. 

Spotlights were brought to the area so the search could continue during the night. 

At least 10 people are killed in southern Italy when they were hurled over rocks by a raging white-water creek in a deep mountain gorge that swelled suddenly after heavy rainfall, officials say. 

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