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Devastating Floods Ravage Emilia-Romagna, Northern Italy: Death Toll Rises to 13 as Farms and Homes Destroyed

May 21, 2023: In a tragic turn of events, the death toll from the catastrophic floods in Italy's northern region of Emilia-Romagna has risen to 13. The devastating floods have forced thousands of people from their homes and caused severe destruction to farms in an area renowned for its agriculture.

The eastern side of Emilia-Romagna, known as Romagna, was particularly hard-hit by torrential rains, resulting in approximately 300 landslides, 23 overflowing rivers, 400 damaged or destroyed roads, and 42 municipalities inundated by floodwaters.

The floods have had a severe impact on agriculture in the region. More than 5,000 farms have been submerged, resulting in the loss of numerous animals and tens of thousands of hectares of vineyards, fruit trees, vegetables, and grain crops submerged under water, according to agricultural lobbyist Coldiretti.

These floods are part of a series of extreme weather events that have struck Italy in the past year, highlighting the transformation of once exceptional disasters into regular occurrences. Emilia-Romagna President Bonaccini emphasized that the extraordinary amount of rainfall within a short period, coupled with the previous record-breaking rains, overwhelmed the region's capacity to withstand such extreme conditions.

Experts have repeatedly warned that these increasingly frequent and intense disasters are a direct consequence of human-induced climate change. The urgent need to address climate change and its devastating consequences has become more apparent than ever.

The floods have triggered a national emergency response in Italy, with over 36,000 people in Emilia-Romagna forced to evacuate their homes and seek temporary shelter. The extensive damage to infrastructure caused by floodwaters is estimated to cost over $670 million (620 million euros) to repair, as assessed by the region. The figure is expected to increase as more information becomes available.

The devastating floods in northern Italy serve as a stark reminder of the urgent need for concerted global action to combat climate change and protect vulnerable regions from the growing threat of extreme weather events.


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