Floods in Italy caused damage to agricultural land
13 people were killed as a result Floods Which struck some regions of Italy, where Emilia-Romagna, the rich region that is considered the “Garden of Italy”, counts the severe damage caused by floods of rare intensity, in what is considered an indication of the transformation of the Mediterranean climate into “tropical”, according to the authorities.
The castle and streets of the town of Lugo were submerged by floods (AFP)
Stricken towns and destroyed crops.. All this while the level of about 20 rivers rose in the plains of this region, which has a population of 4.5 million people, and which is famous for tourists in its historical cities such as Parma andRavennaWith its green landscapes, gastronomy and the Adriatic coast.
Italy has a particularly rainy and cold month of May, but a real flood has hit Emilia-Romagna in the past few days, inundating huge agricultural areas and destroying grain fields, orchards and livestock feed markets. Entire villages were swept away by muddy floods, while bridges and 400 roads collapsed.
Dozens of cars submerged in rainwater (AFP)
In a few hours, the equivalent of six months of rain fell. Damages are estimated at billions of euros, in addition to an estimated two billion euros after the floods that hit the region at the beginning of the month.
The damage in the fruit sector alone amounts to 1.2 billion euros, according to the agricultural association Coldiretti.
On Thursday, the federation said that “five thousand farms have become submerged in water,” referring to “nurseries and pens whose animals have drowned, in addition to tens of thousands of hectares of vineyards, and others planted with kiwi, apples, vegetables and grains.”
Water causes damage to agricultural land (AFP)
More than ten thousand people were forced to leave their homes.
The rain stopped on Wednesday afternoon and meteorologists are not expecting heavy rain Thursday.
The Mayor of Ravinia, Michel de Pascal, indicated on Thursday that the residents of some of the evacuated towns can return to their homes, while others must evacuate their homes, due to the dams that threaten to collapse.
Rainwater flooded the streets and entered homes (AFP)
On Thursday, Stefano Bonacani, head of the Emilia-Romagna region, compared the scale and repercussions of the disaster to the earthquake that struck the region on May 20, 2012, causing material damage estimated at more than ten billion euros.
The Italian Armed Forces and the Coast Guard joined the emergency efforts, and helicopters and rubber boats were deployed to reach homes surrounded by water. 26,000 people were without power Thursday.