The body of a woman has washed up in Italy’s north-western region of Liguria on the morning of 5 October, reports Italian news agency ANSA.

The discovery, off the coast of Borgo Prina, comes after the bodies of 5 men were washed up between Ventimiglia and S. Stefano al Mare near the French border, following a powerful storm that devastated north Italy and France.
There are no people listed as missing in the Liguria region, reports ANSA, meaning the bodies discovered are likely to be among those declared missing in France.
Rescue operations continue in the areas of Italy and France affected by Storm Alex, after rivers burst their banks and swept away bridges and roads, with villages cut off by landslides and severe flooding.

The president of the Liguria region, Giovanni Toti, has requested a state of disaster, while in the neighbouring Piemonte region the bell-tower of a 16th-century church in Alessandrino collapsed in the torrential rain.

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