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Thirteen dead in Italy’s devastating floods; Thousands have been driven from their homes

A disastrous flood in Italy’s northern Emilia-Romagna region has killed at least 13 people and displaced hundreds more. The terrible flood caused billions of euros in damage, notably to agriculture, according to the regional governor, as cited by Reuters.

According to media sources, this week’s severe rains in Romagna caused up to 300 landslides and 23 overflowing rivers, as well as damage to 400 highways and 42 municipalities.

“We are facing a new earthquake,” warned Emilia-Romagna President Stefano Bonaccini, recalling the 2012 earthquake that destroyed hundreds of houses.

Bonaccini went on to say that “almost everything” has been rebuilt since then and that the experience has shown that it is possible. “I am confident that we will rebuild everything again.”

According to a survey by the Coldiretti agricultural group, more than 5,000 properties in the region, including maize and grain fields, have been left flooded. The administration has calculated that the damage would cost about one billion euros. However, the figure might increase even higher. Bonaccini stated that it was too soon to provide specific data.

At least 10,000 people were displaced, and many of those who remained in flooded regions were left without power. Officials were able to partially restore power, but around 27,000 people remained without power.

The government has committed an additional 20 million euros ($22 million) in emergency relief, in addition to the 10 million euros granted in response to earlier floods two weeks ago that killed at least two people. According to Reuters, luxury sportscar manufacturer Ferrari announced a one-million-euro donation.

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