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    Death Toll From Severe Storms in South Italy Rises to 32 – Reports

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Twelve more people died across the storm-hit island of Sicily in Italy over the weekend, bringing the total deaths to 32, Ansa news agency said.

    Nine people from two families lost their lives in a flash flood in the town of Casteldaccia after a river burst its banks and destroyed their house, according to the Ansa news.

    A historic storm has been battering southern Italy for more than a week, with the leftist Democratic Party blaming illegal construction for many of the deaths.

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    Criticism over illegal housing has plagued Italy for years. Dismal construction standards were also blamed for hundreds of deaths in 2009 and 2016 earthquakes in the country’s center.

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