The Italian island of Sardinia was ravaged by a torrential rainstorm that killed at least 16 people, downed bridges and swept away cars. Other parts of Italy were also hit by heavy rains Tuesday, including Rome and Venice. Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta declared a state of emergency and set aside $27 million for emergency relief.
Nov. 20, 2013 Furniture stands outside a house on a flood-soaked road during the clean-up operation after a storm hit Sardinia, leaving 16 dead and forcing thousands from their homes, in Olbia, Italy. Sixteen people in Sardinia are known to have died, and one was still missing a day after the Mediterranean island was ravaged by Cyclone Cleopatra, which brought to the region its heaviest rains in hundreds of years. Ciro Fusco/European Pressphoto Agency Buy Photo