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Winds battering central Italy kill four

24 February 2019, MVT 13:56
This aerial framegrab from a video taken and handout on February 23, 2019 by the Italian Coast Guards, the Guardia Costiera, shows Turkish-flagged cargo ship Efe Murat after it ran ashore on a beach in Bari due to bad weather conditions. (Photo by Handout / GUARDIA COSTIERA / AFP) /
24 February 2019, MVT 13:56

Strong winds whipping through central Italy killed four people on Saturday, including a teenager who died when his father fell off the roof and crushed him, media reports said.

The 14-year old in Capena near Rome was holding the ladder for his father as he attempted to fix damage to the family roof, when the latter was knocked off by a gust of wind, falling six metres and landing on his son, the Fatto Quotidiano daily said.

Two men in their 70s were killed by a farm wall that collapsed on top of them near Frosinone, while a 45-year old man died when a pine tree in Guidonia near the Italian capital crushed his car, it said.

A Turkish cargo vessel which had sought shelter near the coast was driven aground by gale force winds in the southern port of Bari, the Italian coast guard said.

Rome, Italy | AFP

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