Two people have died during violent storms in the north which flooded towns and destroyed a bridge, the Italian fire service said on Tuesday.
The extreme weather has caused major damage for rail and road traffic. Schools are also closed in much of Liguria and Piedmont, and the Piedmont region has requesed a state of emergency be declared in the badly-hit province of Alessandria.
The taxi was swept away in the town of Capriate d’Orba, where a bridge had also given way as the river burst its banks. A passenger managed to escape the vehicle and survived by clinging to a tree, media reported. Two men, aged 61 and 84, were also reported missing in another part of the storm-hit region.