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Three dead as deadly landslide hits town in Sicily

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Media captionTorrential rain in Sicily has caused flooding and swollen rivers as well as mudslides

Torrential rain in southern Italy has caused landslides which killed three people in Sicily and derailed a passenger train in Calabria.

In Saponara, 25km (16 miles) from the city of Messina, a boy, 10, and a father and son, 50 and 25, died when houses collapsed, Italian media report.

Two people are said to be missing in the town where rescuers were digging with shovels and their bare hands.

Severe weather in Italy this month has mainly affected the north and centre.

Hundreds of rescue workers, including volunteers, have been deployed in Sicily, La Repubblica newspaper reported.

But even bulldozers have been unable to move the wall of mud and debris which crashed on to Saponara, demolishing a handful of houses perched on a ridge, it said.

Cars were left buried under mud in the town's streets.

Saponara's mayor, Nicola Venuto, said the authorities had given extreme weather warnings and schools had been closed, with people asked to stay at home.

The town, he said, had not witnessed anything like it in 50 years.

In Calabria, on the Italian mainland, about 20 passengers received bruising when a train was derailed by a rock fall.

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