Budapest Post

Cum Deo pro Patria et Libertate
Budapest, Europe and world news

Eight dead, Grand Prix postponed after flooding in northern Italy

Eight dead, Grand Prix postponed after flooding in northern Italy

Eight people died and thousands were evacuated from their homes after heavy rains caused devastation across Italy’s northern Emilia Romagna region, while this weekend’s Imola Grand Prix was canceled, officials said Wednesday.
“The city is on its knees, devastated and in pain,” said Gian Luca Zattini, the mayor of Forli, a city near Bologna where three people were confirmed dead earlier Wednesday. “It’s the end of the world.”

Emilia Romagna’s vice president, Irene Priolo, later told reporters that a total of eight people had died, with several others missing.

Two of the bodies in Forli were recovered by divers on Wednesday morning, as part of a huge rescue effort involving emergency services and the armed forces.

Emilia Romagna, one of Italy’s richest regions, had already been hit by heavy rain just a fortnight ago, causing floods that left two dead.

This time, around 50 centimeters (20 inches) of rain fell within 36 hours in Forli, Cesena and Ravenna — around half the normal annual rainfall, a situation “with few precedents,” Italy’s Civil Protection Minister Nello Musumeci said.

“It is still a very critical situation,” he told reporters, adding that while the rain was still falling, it was expected to lighten during the day.

The flooding caused the cancelation of the Formula One Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which had been set for on Sunday in Imola.

Organizers said they could not guarantee the safety of fans, teams and staff.

“It would not be right to put further pressure on the local authorities and emergency services at this difficult time,” they said.

Regional President Stefano Bonaccini said Emilia Romagna had been hit “like an earthquake.”

Rescue workers had worked through the night to save children, the elderly and the disabled from the rising waters.

“We’re scared, this time we’re scared,” said Simona Matassoni, the owner of the Hotel Savio in Cesena, which has so far escaped flooding.

“I was born here, I’ve seen lots of full rivers, but never anything like this,” she told AFP by telephone on Wednesday morning, adding that it was still raining.

“At the moment we’re crossing our fingers... but another flood is expected, so who knows (what will happen).”

Some 3,000 people had been evacuated from their homes in Bologna, while the mayor of Ravenna said some 5,000 people were being evacuated as a precaution. Around 50,000 people were without electricity.

Twenty-one rivers in the region had broken their banks between Tuesday and Wednesday, while 36 local authorities reported flooding and 48 reporting landslides.

The civil protection agency urged “maximum caution,” as mayors warned people to stay on high ground.

In Forli, an AFP photographer saw people in a state of shock as they fled on Tuesday night through floodwaters in the dark in their bare feet.

Images showed streets transformed into rivers, and firemen moving people to safety in rubber dinghies.

Elsewhere, muddy waters rushed at great speed under the arches of the covered walkways in Bologna, while locals in Cesena swam down a road to rescue a
three-year-old child.
“We absolutely must not lower our guard,” Cesena mayor Enzo Lattuca said on Facebook.
Residents “must not under any account go into basements or cellars,” and should “stay out of ground floors if possible,” he said.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, on her way to the G7 summit in Japan, tweeted her support for those affected and said the government was “ready to intervene with the necessary aid.”
Much of northern Italy suffered a drought last winter, on top of a record lack of rain last summer that ruined harvests.
However, spring has been wetter and colder than normal across the country.

Related Articles

Ukraine's Fight Against Corruption Gains Ground Amid War
Czech President Petr Pavel Injured in Motorcycle Accident
Baltic NATO Members to Construct 'Drone Wall'
German Property Crisis Worsens as Foreign Investment Declines
ICC Seeks Arrest Warrants for Israeli and Hamas Leaders
Julian Assange Faces US Extradition: Key Facts
Jacob Zuma Takes Campaign to ANC Stronghold Soweto
Attempted Assassination of Slovakia PM Robert Fico: Investigation Ongoing
Top Tory MP Raises Concerns Over Government Green Targets
Keir Starmer’s Six Key Promises Evaluated
Slovakia Faces Political and Social Turmoil
France Riles Allies by Inviting Russia to D-Day Ceremony
Poland to Spend €2.3 Billion to Reinforce Border with Russia and Belarus
Poland Supports Rolls-Royce's Nuclear Power Plant Initiative
European Ports Overflow with Unsold Electric Vehicles
Esprit Files for Bankruptcy in Europe, Putting Hundreds of Jobs at Risk
Tesla Receives Approval for German Plant Expansion
Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico is in life-threatening condition after being shot multiple times
Xi Jinping Highlights Europe's Divisions Ahead of Putin Visit
German Court Rules AfD Can Be Monitored for Extremism
Xi Jinping Highlights Europe's Divisions Ahead of Putin Visit
UN General Assembly Approves Palestinian Membership Bid
Teens Forming Friendships with AI Chatbots
WhatsApp Rolls Out Major Redesign
Neuralink's First Brain Implant Experiences Issue
Apple Unveils New iPad Pro with M4 Chip, Misleading AI Claims
OpenAI to Announce Google Search Competitor
Apple Apologizes for Controversial iPad Pro Ad Featuring Instrument Destruction
Boeing 737 Catches Fire in Senegal, 10 Injured
Cruise Ship Arrives in NYC with Dead 44-Foot Whale on Bow
Trump lawyer questions Stormy Daniels' account of sex with Trump
Hunter Biden's Gun Charges Upheld, Trial Set for June
Last Indian soldiers leave Maldives
Espionage Scandal in Poland: Listening Devices Found Before Government Meeting
Apple Faces Significant Sales Decline Amid AI Integration Delay
Netanyahu's Firm Stance Amid Rafah Hostage Talks
New UK Laws: Banning Weak Passwords for Internet-Connected Devices to Enhance Cybersecurity
Spanish Prime Minister May Announce Resignation
New Study: Vaping May Lower Fertility in Women Trying to Get Pregnant
U.S. DOJ Seeks Three-Year Sentence for Binance Founder Changpeng Zhao
Orban: Destroy Liberal World Order - Predicts End This Year
Diplomatic Tensions: Sunak Clashes with Macron Over Rwanda Plan
A Jewish woman was kidnapped and raped in Gennevilliers (a suburb in western Paris), France, on the background of hatred for Israel
Russia: Deputy Defense Minister Arrested on Suspicion of Taking Bribes
Stanford Researchers Discover Child Abuse Material in AI Image Generator Dataset: Can Regulations Prevent Explicit Deepfakes of Children?
Record-Breaking 'Extreme Heat Stress' Days in Europe's Contrasting 2023 Summer: A Health Threat
Thousands Evacuated: 1,000-Kg NATO Bomb Removed from Serbian City
European Car Sales Drop 5.2% in March: Electric Vehicles Face Challenges Amidst Market Downturn and High Prices
Urgent Call from William Burns as Kyiv Braces for Russian Summer Offensive.
IMF Boosts Russia's 2024 Economic Growth Forecast to 3.2%