More than 36,000 Italians have been forced from their homes by floods in the northeast of the country, rising waters have submerged homes, and landslides have cut off small villages from the outside world.
Torrential rains earlier this week killed 14 people and turned streets in towns in the Emilia-Romagna region into rivers, and regional authorities extended a state of high alert until Sunday as the rains fell.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said that she would leave the G7 summit in Japan early to oversee the handling of the emergency, continuing: “Frankly, I cannot leave Italy in such a complicated situation.” She thanked the 5,000 rescuers and volunteers in helping those affected by the outbreak. Floods.
She also thanked the G7 leaders for their assistance. Meloni is expected to visit some of the hardest-hit areas on Sunday.--
On Saturday, the Ravenna city authorities ordered the immediate evacuation of more small villages at risk.
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