The Italian Prime Minister cut short her visit to Japan, for the G7 Summit, to visit flood-stricken northern Italy. Thousands of people have been uprooted.
Giorgia Melons visited towns in Emilia-Romagna, where fierce floods claimed 14 lives, and caused damage worth billions of Euros. She stopped off in this region on her return from the Asia summit.
Scientists have reported that around 36,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes due to floods which sent rivers of mud rushing through the towns. This extreme event was made worse by climate changes.
She described meeting the people affected by this deluge as a very moving experience.
Meloni, who spoke to reporters in Ravenna – one of the worst affected areas – said: “It’s been a tragedy. But we always come back stronger from crises.”
The Prime Minister pledged support for the recovery. He said the damages were huge, but it was difficult to quantify the financial impact.
The Italian cabinet will meet on Tuesday in order to discuss the measures that need to be taken to deal with this emergency.
She added that the country may need to use the Solidarity Fund of the European Union for natural disasters.
Other leaders who attended the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan had also offered different forms of
She added, “Support”
Meloni left Hiroshima one day earlier than planned, saying that her conscience wouldn’t allow her to remain.
When she arrived Sunday, the rain had stopped. Rescue teams and volunteers were already on their way to clear mud from the streets and pump water out of the buildings.
About 10,000 people were still unable to return home.
A region that grows corn, grain, and fruit like peaches, kiwis, and apricots has been hit hard by the drought.
Rain flooded rivers in Emilia-Romagna overnight because the ground was parched from drought.
The climate is changing due to human activities like flying and driving cars. More rain falls, but it’s concentrated in fewer days, resulting in more dangerous and less useful downpours.
Antonello Pasini is a climate scientist with the National Research Council of Italy. He said that a trend was forming.
This week, it was said that “an increase in annual rainfall, for example, would be accompanied by a reduction in the number rainy days, and an increase in intensity on those rare days when rain does fall.”
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