Italy: Meloni visits flood affected areas

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni visits flooded homes in northeastern Italy on Sunday after returning home from the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, after floods killed 14 people.

Maloney, wearing rubber boots, who shook hands with owners of mud-splashed homes and volunteers, told reporters in Ravenna that she was moved by her interactions with those who lost everything in the disaster.

“You are carrying out a huge task,” he told a resident of Ghibulo who was distributing food to the victims, according to a video broadcast by Italian radio and television Rai.

Photo taken and published by the press service of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni (C) during a visit to meet residents affected by floods in Faenza (northeast) May 21, 2023 (Palazzo Chigi press office – handout)

A total of 36,000 people were displaced in the Emilia-Romagna region during the week, but 10,000 were able to return home, regional authorities announced on Sunday.

Emilia-Romagna received the equivalent of six months of rain in 36 hours this week, causing the “flood of the century” in this rich agricultural and tourism region. The inclement weather caused widespread damage, hitting farmers who grow cereals and produce fruits such as apricots and cherries.

The rain had stopped at many places on Sunday, but the weather red alert was extended till Monday.

Ms Meloni is due to chair a council of ministers on Tuesday to release emergency funds for the region.

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