Police found the boy about 13 kilometers from where he was swept away by water last Thursday as he and his mother were leaving their trapped car.
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After the devastating floods that hit the Italian region of the Marche eight days ago, the body of a missing eight-year-old boy was found today, torn from his mother’s arms by raging water. The total number of victims has thus risen to 12, the 56-year-old woman is still considered missing, reports the Italian news agency Ansa.
Police found the boy about 13 kilometers from where he was swept away by water last Thursday as he and his mother were leaving their trapped car. Like many others, they were surprised by the heavy rains and sudden floods in the area along the Adriatic Sea. At that time, 400 liters of rain per square meter fell in Marka in just two hours, which meteorologists describe as a so-called water bomb phenomenon. This amount of rain represents a third or even a half of all expected annual precipitation in this country. According to data published by Italy’s National Research Council (CNR), it was the most intense storm in ten years, most likely caused by the extreme summer heat.