At least nine dead in Italy after heavy rains in Emilia-Romagna

At least nine dead in Italy after heavy rains in Emilia-Romagna

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The storm that hit the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy has killed at least nine people. A number of people are still missing.

The body of a deceased woman was found near Cesenatico Beach, 20 kilometers from her home. According to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, 50,000 people are without electricity. 100,000 people have been cut off from the mobile network.

Heavy rain

According to the head of the Emilia-Romagna region, Stefano Bonaccini, as much rain fell in 36 hours as usual in six months. This resulted in at least 280 landslides, and 400 roads were closed.

The military works with the Coast Guard to evacuate people cut off from the outside world. The government of Giorgia Meloni met to arrange financial support. That amount is now worth 30 million euros for the area on the Adriatic coast.

Sunday’s Formula 1 Grand Prix in Imola, which is close to several of the hardest-hit areas, has been canceled to ease pressure on emergency services. The Bruce Springsteen concert in Ferrara will continue for now.

Heavy rainfall is followed by a period of severe drought, as a result of which the soil does not absorb water properly. No more heavy rain is expected today.

Pope Francis expressed his condolences to the victims of the region. He calls it a “huge disaster”, and thanks everyone who helped.

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