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At least five people have died and three are missing after torrential rain caused flooding in Italy.

Four of the victims were family members – a four-year-old boy, his parents and grandfather – whose bodies were found in the flooded basement of their home in the port city of Leghorn in Tuscany.

Mayor Filippo Nogarin warned there could be more casualties because several people were missing.

Pumping equipment is brought in to deal with the flooding

Image: Four members of the same family were found in the basement of a flooded building

He said a “a crazy amount of rain” had lashed Leghorn and “the city is literally devastated”.

He appealed for help in the town, which is a popular ferry crossing point to the islands of Elba and Sardinia.

Strong winds felled trees and many parked cars were nearly submerged by flood waters that also left streets clogged with mud.

Train services were disrupted in parts of the Tuscan coastal area.

Rome, which had recently gone through three months of drought, was also battered by torrential rain with streets turned into streams and several underground stations forced to close.

In Florence, the civil protection agency issued an orange weather alert warning citizens to expect torrential rain and flooding.

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