- Title: Funeral held for 9 members of one family killed by floods
- Date: 6th November 2018
- Summary: PALERMO, ITALY (NOVEMBER 6, 2018) (REUTERS) WHITE COFFINS BEING CARRIED THROUGH STREETS/CROWD APPLAUDING IN SIGN OF RESPECT VARIOUS OF WHITE COFFINS BEING CARRIED THROUGH STREETS AS CROWD APPLAUDS WHITE BALLOONS COFFIN BEING CARRIED INTO CATHEDRAL APPLAUSE RINGING OUT AS COFFIN CARRIED INTO CATHEDRAL RELATIVES CONSOLING GRIEVING FAMILY MEMBERS AS THEY ENTER INTO CATHEDRAL/WREATHS BEING CARRIED INTO CATHEDRAL VARIOUS OF WHITE COFFINS BEING CARRIED INTO CATHEDRAL/APPLAUSE MAN SHOWING T-SHIRT WITH PICTURES OF KILLED CHILDREN WHITE COFFIN BEING CARRIED AS CROWD APPLAUDS WHITE COFFIN BEING RAISED ABOVE HEADS AND ENTERING CATHEDRAL FRIENDS CHANTING 'FEDERICO' AS THEY ESCORT COFFIN INTO CATHEDRAL VARIOUS OF FATHER GIUSEPPE GIORDANO LYING NEXT TO COFFINS WITH RELATIVES TRYING TO CONSOLE HIM RELATIVE LYING OVER COFFIN HAND TOUCHING COFFIN TOYS ON WHITE COFFINS PRIEST NEXT TO COFFINS
- Embargoed: 20th November 2018 11:27
- Keywords: Weather funeral Italy Sicily floods casualties Casteldaccia
- Location: PALERMO, ITALY
- City: PALERMO, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Floods
- Reuters ID: LVA00195DBH3B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A solemn applause rang out as a sign of respect on Tuesday (November 6) accompanying a procession of white coffins as over a thousand people gathered in Palermo's cathedral to attend the funerals of nine members of one family killed by floods.
The family members had all been in the same house in Casteldaccia, Sicily when torrential rains and high winds lashing Italy caused a river to burst its banks, drowning the nine people inside.
Rushing water filled the villa in the province of Palermo in moments, wiping out those inside as they were spending a Saturday night together.
The father, Giuseppe Giordano and one of his daughters escaped harm because they had left the house to do some shopping while a third person climbed a tree to survive. The victims, included two children of one and three-years-old and a teenager.
The surviving father laid down next to the coffins of his wife and children inside the cathedral as friends desperately tried to console him. Friends of his teenage son chanted the name 'Federico' as they followed his coffin inside for the ceremony.
Officials said the overall death toll of those killed in Italy due to the bad weather stands at 29.
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