Extreme flooding in Italy kills 2; drought persists Lalrp


MILAN — A day and a half of nonstop rain has prompted prompted flooding in Italy’s populous Emilia-Romagna area, leaving no less than two folks useless as riverbeds left dry by drought overflowed their banks.

One particular person was swept away by floodwaters whereas driving a bicycle within the Ravenna province, and one other died close to Imola when a residence was hit by a flood-triggered landslide. One other particular person was lacking.

The extreme rainfall comes as Italy faces a second 12 months of drought, which has depleted its largest river, the Po. The river helps agriculture within the huge Po River Valley earlier than emptying into the Adriatic Sea east of Bologna in Emilia-Romagna.

The extreme rainfall raised the extent of the Po, by 1.5 meters (almost 60 inches) in 24 hours and smaller rivers in Emilia-Romagna overflowed their banks, inflicting injury to property and agriculture. About 450 folks have been evacuated from their houses.

The Coldiretti agricultural foyer stated the violent storms, removed from bringing reduction from the drought, had worsened the state of affairs, as floodwaters broken vineyards and olive groves.

Lake Garda, which straddles the neighboring Lombardy and Veneto areas and is used as a basin for agriculture, stays close to historic lows at 43% capability.