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One Dead in Italian Cold Snap

November 22, 1998

ROME (AP) _ Snow capped the island of Capri and Naples’ Mount Vesuvius on Sunday after a cold snap hit Italy with some of its frostiest weather in 10 years. The cold killed at least one person, a 91-year-old man.

Heavy snow also fell in Italy’s northern mountains, compounding the suffering of hundreds still living in temporary housing after last year’s devastating earthquake in the Umbria and Marche regions.

Sporadic blackouts meant some people in the trailer camps did without heat and light Saturday.

``We are alone, abandoned _ no one remembers us,″ the Il Tempo newspaper quoted one woman as yelling at reporters visiting the camps, where snow was shin-deep and the wind blew flakes in blustering gusts.

Temperatures fell as low as -4 degrees at Livigno, in northern Italy. It was 23 degrees in Turin, in the northwest, the coldest it’s been since 1988, and 35 degrees in Rome, which escaped the snowfall.

In Calabria, in southern Italy, a 91-year-old man died Sunday, a day after he was found unconscious on the floor of his unheated home in Vibo Valentia.

The snow was the first in 10 years for the usually sunny southern island of Capri. Up to 16 inches covered Mount Vesuvius and surrounding peaks.

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