Italy floods result in 13 fatalities and 13,000 displaced residents


In the northern Italian region of Piedmont, heavy rain and melting snow has caused the Po river to flood, resulting in at least 13 deaths and the evacuation of 13,000 people from their homes. Floods have caused extensive damage to homes, farms, railway tracks, and roads, particularly in the towns of Turin, Alessandria, and Vercelli.

More than 20,000 rescue workers have been deployed, and several of Italy’s fire brigades are on the scene. Emergency shelters have been set up for those displaced by the floods, while the Italian Army is transporting donated supplies to the affected areas.

The country has declared a state of emergency in the regions of Lombardy and Piedmont, and the government is providing funds for immediate relief efforts. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said that this is the worst flooding the region has seen in decades. The Civil Protection Agency has forecast more flooding along the Italian coastline in the coming days.