At least 12 people have been killed by severe weather on the island of Sicily, bringing the overall death toll from the storms sweeping Italy to 29, officials have said.

Nine people, including children aged one, three and 15, were found dead in a house in Casteldaccia, next to a small river which had burst its banks.

Three other people were able to escape from the house, according to the Agi news agency.

Torrential rain triggering landslides and flood waters led to the death of ten people in the region around Palermo, a spokesman for the Sicilian capital’s Prefecture said.

“There are still some people missing,” he added.

Two more people died in the region around the Sicilian town of Agrigento when the car they were travelling in was hit by a landslide, another official said.