I cannot believe this really happened.
My mum has been telling me: “The weather is crazy!”, “It hasn’t stopped raining!” and I was like “Why is she so upset about it? It’s just rain! Rain has never killed anyone”.
I was wrong.
I didn’t realize how many damages the rain was causing.
Sicily has been scourged by very bad weather.
In recent hours, the flooding of some rivers in the province of Palermo has caused the death of 10 people, including two children of 1 and 2 years, while two people are still missing in Casteldaccia.
Rainy night and the damage count is endless.
Many citizens have alerted the fire brigade operations center. Many found themselves trapped in cars, especially near the overpasses.
In the last couple of days the city’s mourning was declared and even though I am far away from my Sicily my heart is very close to my fellow citizens.
I would like to list the name of the victims to pay them some respect and ask for some prayers for them and their families.
Rachele Giordano, 1 year old.
Francesco Rughó, 3 years old.
Federico Giordano, 15 years old.
Stefania Catanzaro, 32 years old.
Marco Giordano, 32 years old.
Monia Giordano, 40 years old.
Alessandro Scavone, 44 years old.
Matilde Comito, 57 years old.
Antonino Giordano, 65 years old.
Nunzia Flamia, 65 anni.
Giuseppe Liotta (missing), 40 years old.
2 German tourists (names unknown).
Nine of them were from the same family, three generations gone for ever. Grandparents, parents and grandchildren.
I cannot express with words my grief.
I hope that the Sicilian region do something to prevent this from happening again.
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