ITALY: The Rampaging Po

It began when unusually heavy rains, pounding down the Alps into northern Italy, swelled the Po. Italy's largest river went on rampage, smashing dikes, crumbling farmhouses, sending truckloads of refugees into Milan. Then came a disastrous coincidence: roaring winds from the east pounded the Adriatic, rolling up high waves which pushed against the Po's outlet, backed the flood waters up on the land. Italy, a land which has often played host to one or more of the four dread Riders of the Apocalypse, lay gasping last week under the worst flood in a century. The loss so far: thousands...

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