Severe weather including snow, rain and freezing temperatures has affected much of Italy since Monday 11 December, causing The River Enza in the town of own of Lentigione, Italy, to burst its banks on Tuesday 12 December, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate.
Two of the worst hit areas were the towns of Lentigione and Brescello, in the northern Italian province of Reggio Emilia, where some of the community were evacuated by helicopter.
Firefighters rescued people from houses flooded by the Enza and Parma rivers, using amphibious vehicles and rafts to access the flooded areas.
According to the meteorologists at IlMeteo, Tuscany, Lazio, and Umbria will bear the brunt of the bad weather over the next few days, with particularly intense rainfall across Lazio. The northern regions will see an improvement but lots of cloud cover, with plenty of snowfall in the mountainous regions, while the south will also experience rainfall and colder than average temperatures