Prime Minister Giorgia Melons promised to assist the flood-hit areas of northern Italy after returning early from the G7 Summit held in Japan to inspect the damage.
Meloni visited Emilia-Romagna towns where flooding caused billions of damages and killed 14 people. On her way back from the summit, Meloni stopped in this area.
Meloni told reporters, who were in Ravenna when the disaster occurred, that it was “a tragedy.” We can always recover from crises. Meloni stated that meeting the people affected by floods was an extremely moving experience.
The right-wing Prime Minister said the damages were immense but that it was hard to estimate the financial impacts.
She said that Italy can call upon the Solidarity Fund for the European Union in the event of natural disasters.
She said that she had received support from other leaders who had attended the G7 Summit in Hiroshima.
Meloni stated that she couldn’t stay away from the summit any longer.
On Sunday, 21 May, the rain stopped. Locals and rescuers worked to clear the mud off the roads and buildings in order to dry it out before the sun.
The Italian government will convene its cabinet today (23 May) to discuss how to handle this crisis. Meloni has been to the scene of some of these damages and said she would spend Monday examining recovery plans.
Around 36,000 people had to leave their homes. Many people still living in the flood-affected areas were without electricity. About 10,000 people were back home by Sunday evening.
Agriculture has been hit hard in a region where fruits like peaches and kiwis are grown, as well as grains and corn.
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