An Italian couple survived a landslide after they were woken up by their cats just in the nick of time, giving them a few seconds to escape the landslide that took away their house.
“My wife got up because Simba and Mose, our cats, were making a noise and woke us up,” Claudio Piana said as violent storms lashed northern Italy, killing a taxi driver and forcing dozens of people from their homes.
“She realised they were playing with a piece of plaster which had just fallen off the ceiling. Then we saw cracks opening in the walls,” he added.
Piana and his wife Sabrina Pellegrini had gone to bed at home in Campo Ligure as fierce rains across the Liguria region saw rivers burst their banks, washed away a bridge and sparked landslides.
The couple rushed out to the car, but found themselves trapped by a sea of mud. They were rescued by firefighters.
The couple now have nowhere to go but, are grateful to their cats Simba and Mose.