Flash floods kill at least seven in central Italy

STORY: Local authorities said they did not expect such a sudden "water bomb," as around 400 millimeters of rain fell within two or three hours, inundating the streets of several towns in the Ancona and Pesaro-Urbino provinces.

Footage released by Italy's fire and rescue service showed operators navigating the streets of seaside town Senigallia on rafts to rescue people and evacuate them, while others attempted to clear an underpass of debris.

Further eyewitness footage shared with Reuters showed the streets of Senigallia, a seaside town within the Marche region, inundated with floodwaters.

Rescue services were still searching for survivors, authorities were quoted as saying.