Emilia Romagna flood, red alert again. Melons in the affected areas: “The government is there”

Residual expected rains will lead to a slowdown in the depletion of floods on all watercourses

AND’ still red alert today on part of Emilia Romagna for hydraulic criticality on mountains, low hills, plains and coast of Romagna, hills and plains of Bologna. Orange alert in other areas due to hydraulic criticality on the Modena plain. Even if significant increases in hydrometric levels are not expected, the expected residual rains will cause a slowdown in the depletion of floods on all watercourses in the Region, the civil protection reports.

Emilia Romagna flood, reconstruction document ready for the government

Meanwhile, a plan for the restart and reconstruction is ready to be delivered to the government. The economic and social forces of the territory together with the Region, united to face the emergency phase and to set the conditions. Unity of intent put in black and white in a document (‘joint declaration’) which was signed by the Emilia Romagna Region and the business associations and trade unions, the professions, the third sector, the banking institutes, the signatory organizations of the Pact for il Lavoro e per il Clima, for emergency management, assistance to the population, economic recovery and the reconstruction of the Emilia Romagna area hit by the flood.

Prime Minister Meloni among the flood victims

“It was a tragedy, but we can always be reborn strong from crises”. Thus the Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, arrived in Emilia Romagna – from the G7 in Japan – for an inspection in the areas devastated by the flood. “Our job is to guarantee immediate responses. There is a Council of Ministers convened for Tuesday, there is the whole day on Monday to optimize the measures”.

Having landed at Rimini airport on Sunday, a few minutes before 12, avoiding photographers and journalists waiting at the Ridolfi in Forlì, Meloni was welcomed by the deputy minister Galeazzo Bignami to make her first visit to a large farm devastated by the flood. From there, a tour of the hamlets of Ravenna, among the citizens and the many volunteers still busy shoveling the mud made even harder by the sun which finally warmed up the area all day.

“I found very proud citizens, who stayed at work and said we’ll get back on our feet. Italy brings out its best in these situations. This is not the time for the catwalks, I was also moved, but I found so many people moved by hope I spoke with President Bonaccini, with the mayors, with the Civil Protection to understand what the priority things should be”. “It was a tragedy – the premier reiterated again – but we can always be reborn strong from crises, it can also be an opportunity to show how concrete Italy can be”.

Thanking her for the visit, inviting her to enter the few houses spared by the water, were also many immigrants who live and work in the area and who today are one with the community that is struggling to get back up. In Faenza, then, she was joined by the governor of Emilia Romagna, Stefano Bonaccini with whom she continued the car tour in the most affected areas, embracing and letting themselves be photographed with the boys who went to shovel.

Emilia Romagna flood, displaced people and road conditions: latest news

The number of people who had to leave their homes due to the floods in Emilia Romagna decreased: at 12 on Sunday there were 26,324, the majority, 19,500, in the Ravenna area, then 4,918 in the province of Forlì-Cesena and 1,906 in the Bologna area. The interventions of assistance to the population, communicates the Region, continue 24 hours a day, thanks to all the forces in the field; 5,370 (of which about 4 thousand in the Ravenna area, 734 in the Bologna area, 632 in the Forlì-Cesena area and 4 in the Rimini area) are accommodated in hotels and in the structures set up by the Municipalities: schools, arenas and gyms; the others have found alternative accommodations such as second homes or with friends and relatives.

They stay 43 Municipalities affected by the floods and, on the side of hydrogeological instability, there are about 305 active landslides concentrated in 54 municipalities. As far as traffic is concerned, there are 622 closed roads, of which 225 are partially closed and 397 totally. A total of 236 in Bologna, 201 in the province of Forlì-Cesena, 139 in the province of Ravenna and 46 in the Rimini area.

Almost 33,000 people (2,856) and 1,700 volunteers are at work in Emilia-Romagna for a total of 4,556. Of the more than 1,100 volunteers, 374 belong to the regional mobile columns of Trento, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Piedmont, Alto Adige, Lombardy, Lazio, Tuscany, Abruzzo and Umbria. Added to these are the 612 volunteers from Emilia-Romagna and the 139 belonging to national voluntary organizations. “All people who want to give active help in areas affected by bad weather must contact the Municipalities to be able to better organize the activities”, underlines the Emilia Romagna Region.