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HEAVY RAIN – 1st/2nd October 2009

A low pressure system with heavy rain and thunderstorms moving in an easterly direction over Sicily during the night of 1st/2nd October killed at least 18 people in the Messina region but also affected Malta, although to a much lesser extent as no one was injured in Malta and no damage was caused,.

The highest rainfall totals were: Bahrija 76.8mm, Mellieha 71.8mm, Bahar ic-Caghaq 68.6mm, Qawra 63.1mm, Mosta 61.4mm, Kalkara 59.0mm, Valletta 50.8mm. Please note that most of this rainfall fell in just 45 minutes early in the morning at around 5am.

PHOTOS TAKEN BY ADRIENNE BORG AND FREDERICK MUSCAT