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Flooding in northwest Italy kills six people; Genoa strewn with wrecked cars and mud

Luca Zennaro / EPA

A firefighter assists residents on a flooded street in Genoa, Italy, Nov4, 2011, after a violent storm hit the northern Italian port city.

Reuters reports

Authorities described the situation as "extremely serious" and urged people to be careful.

"Don't leave your house, move to higher floors, close shops and don't get in your car for any reason," Genoa's town hall warned on its website during the height of the flooding.

Emergency services said at least six people, including several children, were killed in the floods. Read more...

Tano Pecoraro / AP

Cars and scooters are piled up after torrential rains in Genoa, Italy caused two nearby rivers to swallow and flood several streets of the city on Friday.

Luca Zennaro / EPA

A firefighter walks down a flooded Genoa street.