More than twenty rivers in Italy have overflowed their banks, killing thirteen people and displacing thousands after six months' worth of rainfall fell in a single day.
On Thursday, more victims were discovered after nearly every river between Bologna and the north-eastern coast flooded 115 kilometers (70 miles) away. Some 280 landslides have taken place.
The mayor of the heavily flooded city of Ravenna told the sources that the catastrophe was the worst in a century. Michele de Pascale described the devastation created by the floods as catastrophic, with some residents of his city and the surrounding region losing their homes, possessions, and lives.
It was a very difficult 48 hours. Roberta Lazzarini, age 71, stated that the entire city was submerged in water and muck. On Wednesday, her residence in Botteghino di Zocca, south of Bologna, was flooded. Roberta stated that she was still terrified despite the fact that streets, houses, and gardens were flooded.
Residents, including a 97-year-old woman who had to exit her bedroom in a rubber dinghy, were assisted by firefighters in evacuating their homes. Roberta's daughter, Ines, who is the proprietor of the local cafe in the town square mentioned how she felt their community is broken. Lamieri, 74, mentioned that where his son stores merchandise for the souvenir shop he operates in the center of Bologna, that he could not recall a flood of this magnitude.
This is one of many cities and villages in the province of Emilia-Romagna that have been flooded, not only by rivers but also by canals that have overflowed. On Thursday, more evacuations occurred west of Ravenna, and more corpses were discovered, including a couple in a flat in the village of Russi, which had been flooded hours earlier.
Numerous individuals warn that Italy requires a national plan to address the effects of climate change. According to Minister of Civil Protection Nello Musumeci, tropical conditions have already arrived in Italy, with 20 centimeters of rain falling in 36 hours and up to 50 centimeters in some areas.
Long-term soil dehydration cements the soil, significantly reducing its ability to absorb water, he explained. It had been forty years since regional dams were constructed, he said, and a new approach to hydraulic engineering engineering was required.
The government of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has scheduled a crisis meeting for next Tuesday. The leader of the Democratic Party of Italy's opposition told sources that the entire political system was to blame for the catastrophe and that politicians had not done enough to address climate change-related challenges.
Elly Schlein, a former vice-president of Emilia-Romagna, stated that successive administrations failed to address Italy's susceptibility to flooding and other extreme water events, such as droughts.
Extreme precipitation is more likely to occur as a result of climate change-induced warming of the atmosphere. Since the beginning of the industrial era, the world has warmed approximately 1.1C, and temperatures will continue to rise unless governments worldwide implement drastic emission reductions.
Antonio Francesco Rizzuto, a 55-year-old attorney who resides with his wife by the river, was evicted on Tuesday night and is currently staying with his daughter in a nearby village.