2023 Emilia-Romagna floods

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2023 Emilia-Romagna floods
How long: 2-3 May 2023
16-17 May 2023
Deaths: 17
Damages: 50,000+ removed
Areas affected: Bologna, Cesena, Faenza, Forlì, Ravenna, Rimini

The 2023 Emilia-Romagna floods were a series of floods in and around the cities of Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna, and Rimini, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.[1] The first floods happened between 2 and 3 May 2023, killing two people.[2] Heavy secondary floods happened on 16–17 May 2023, killing at least 14 people and displacing 20,000 others.[3][4] The usual amount of rain that falls in seven months fell in two weeks which made twenty-three rivers to overflow causing the floods.[5][6]

Effects[change | change source]

On 17 May, Stefano Bonaccini, the president of Emilia-Romagna said that "in the last 24 hours, more than 300 millimeters of rain have fallen" and described the floods as a "catastrophic event, never seen before".[7]Later on, Bonaccini compared it the impact to the 2012 Emilia earthquakes, saying that the damage was likely to be less significant but would still cost the region billions of euros to repair.[8] Lucia Mercalli, president of the Italian Meteorological Society, said that "two records were broken in 15 days in the same region. An event that occurred on 2 May might happen once in a century, but then other one hit the same areas only 15 days later."[9]

Relief Efforts[change | change source]

Emergency operations were carried out in response to the flood, including members of the Italian Red Cross, various armed and police forces, Protezione Civile[10] and the Carabinieri.[11] The state-owned energy company Enel made a task-force that would cooperate with local companies and forces to restore electricity to the affected areas.[12][13]

References[change | change source]

  1. Povoledo, Elisabetta (2023-05-17). "'Catastrophic' Floods in Italy Leave 8 Dead and Thousands Homeless". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-05-18.
  2. "Severe flooding in Italy kills 2; drought persists". AP NEWS. 2023-05-03. Retrieved 2023-05-19.
  3. "Crisi climatica, alluvione Emilia-Romagna: altre 5 vittime nel Ravennate. Lugo e Cervia allagate. In Regione 18mila case senza luce". Il Fatto Quotidiano (in Italian). 2023-05-18. Retrieved 2023-05-19.
  4. "Maltempo in Emilia-Romagna, allerta rossa e scuole chiuse. Il 23 Cdm sull'emergenza, salgono a 9 le vittime - Cronaca". Agenzia ANSA (in Italian). 2023-05-17. Retrieved 2023-05-19.
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  6. "Maltempo in Emilia Romagna, 9 morti. Una delle vittime trascinata per 20 chilometri. Diecimila evacuati, 23 fiumi esondati, 250 frane. Nuovo allarme a Ravenna: "Salite ai piani alti"". la Repubblica (in Italian). 2023-05-17. Retrieved 2023-05-19.
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  8. "Alluvione in Emilia-Romagna: continuano i soccorsi - Il Post". web.archive.org. 2023-05-19. Archived from the original on 2023-05-19. Retrieved 2023-05-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  9. Giuffrida, Angela (2023-05-18). "Death toll mounts in Italy's worst flooding for 100 years". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2023-05-26.
  10. "Alluvione in Emilia-Romagna: continuano i soccorsi". Il Post (in Italian). 2023-05-19. Retrieved 2023-06-09.
  11. "Maltempo: Difesa in campo con oltre 1200 militari, 12 elicotteri e 55 natanti". www.difesa.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2023-06-09.
  12. "Alluvione in Emilia Romagna, Enel mette in campo una task force". Il Resto del Carlino (in Italian). Retrieved 2023-06-09.
  13. "In prima linea per l'Emilia-Romagna". corporate.enel.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2023-06-09.