Deadly flooding hits Sardinia after heavy rains

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At least three people have been killed on the Italian island of Sardinia after flooding caused by heavy rains.

Dramatic footage posted on social media shows rivers of mud flowing through the town of Bitti in Nuoro province.

Italian media say the three who have died there include an older man who drowned at home and a man killed in his vehicle.

Strong winds and rain have battered the island since Friday, cutting off power and forcing some people to evacuate.

Andrea Soddu, mayor of the province's main town of Nuoro, warned of "particularly heavy" rainfall in the area and asked citizens to exercise "maximum caution" in a post on Facebook.

One reporter from local newspaper La Nuova Sardegna posted footage of the flooding in Bitti.

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