Deadly Flooding in Northern Italy Claims 3 Lives, Forces Thousands to Evacuate
Flooding caused by heavy rainfall in northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions has resulted in casualties and damage along the Adriatic coast. The coastal area has been hit by severe storms since Tuesday, with three reported deaths. Rescue efforts have been underway, with the Italian fire service deploying 400 firefighters and responding to 600 calls. The provinces of Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena, Rimini, and Bologna, along with cities such as Faenza, Cesena, and Forlì, have been the hardest hit. Rivers have overflowed, streets are submerged, and power outages and communication issues have been reported. Approximately 5,000 people have been evacuated, and the government has allocated €10 million for initial relief efforts. Helicopters have been used for rescue operations, and cautionary measures have been advised by the Civil Defence. Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni expressed solidarity and readiness to provide necessary assistance.