a minimum of 8 hikers had been killed via flash flooding in southern Italy, officials say.
The four males and four girls had been walking in a gorge in a countrywide park within the Calabria region after they were hit through a move swollen through heavy rain.
Twelve others have been rescued, together with a ten-year-old boy, the local head of civil protection informed Italian TV. 5 folks had been taken to hospital.
It is uncertain what number of other folks have been at the stream while the flooding occurred.
A search and rescue operation is below means.