The teams of italian rescue They work against the clock to get to towns and villages in the north of the country what were left isolated by strong rains and floodswhile the number of victims increases day by day.
The last time, the region north of Italy was severely affected by extreme weather conditions. A prolonged drought, intense rain for 36 hours and multiple downpours caused the overflow of more than twenty rivers and tributaries.
As a consequence, the water swept away entire cities in Emilia-Romagna, flooded businesses and basements, and left -until now- 13 dead. This Thursday, the local government reported the discovery of new bodies in Ravenna, including those of a 70-year-old couple who lost their lives in their flooded apartment in Russi.
This figure, however, could increase in the coming days as there are localities that have been completely isolated by the avalanches, with the passage on the main roads blocked and damage to communication services. Given this, despite the efforts, first responders face great difficulties in reaching residents and assisting them with their most urgent needs, said Monica Rossi, mayor of Mercato Saraceno.
“If it rains more, the situation will be tragic”then warned in dialogue with the local chain Sky TG24.
faenza is one of the cities that, for this Thursday morning, remained underwater, with completely submerged cars and mud-logged basements. In turn, the neighbors commented that the gas or light supply has not yet been restored and they don’t have food either to feed.
However, the soldiers who were able to access the area assist residents who approach a local gym where beds have been placed in one of the fields.
“At one point they told us to leave the area and an hour later we heard a loud crash,” Claudia, a 29-year-old resident of Faenza, recalled on Wednesday morning when the Lamone river overflowed its banks. “The water flooded everything”lament.
Nails 10,000 people they saw each other forced to leave their homes and all their belongings, although some of them did not evacuate in time and were taken off the roofs or balconies with the assistance of rescue helicopters and boats. Among them, the mayor of Cesena, Enzo Lattuca, highlighted the case of a family with a 20-day-old baby who was brought to safety thanks to the efforts of the rescue forces.
In other cities, such as Castel Bolognese, the water has already begun to subside and residents have been able to start Street, basement and business cleaning tasks.
In any case, the task is not expected to be easy since it has been estimated losses of several million euros, according to the regional president Stefano Bonaccini, who join the 1 billion that the torrential rains of the beginning of the month had already stopped.
(With information from AP)
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