Clean-up operation under way after flash floods kill at least nine in central Italy

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Clean-up operations were under way in the central Italian region of Marche on Friday after torrential overnight rains and floods that killed at least nine people, local authorities said.

In the town of Cantiano, local residents were out in force clearing away debris from the streets that were covered in muddy floodwater.

Cars had been turned upside down and tractors were moving in to help.

Around 400 millimetres of rain fell within two to three hours, inundating the streets of several towns around the region’s capital Ancona on the Adriatic coast.

Searches continued for four missing people.