Italy – Evacuations and Rescues After Floods and Landslides in North

Heavy rain in northern Italy over the last few days has caused rivers to break their banks in the region of Emilia-Romagna and reactivated a landslide in Veneto Region.

Flooded Savio River, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, 13 May 2019. Credit: Vigili del Fuoco

Emilia-Romagna

Italian news agency ANSA reported that parts of the northern region of Emilia-Romagna have been put on red alert for floods due to the risk of rivers bursting their banks because of torrential rain.

The Bologna-Rimini train line was closed between Cesena and Forlì as a precaution on Monday, 13 May, 2019. Flood waters caused a bridge to collapse in Verucchio, in the Province of Rimini. Vigili del Fuoco, the Italian Fire Service, reported that two people were rescued from their flooded home in Cesena.

Vigili del Fuoco also reported that the Montone river broke its banks on 13 May, flooding wide areas around Villafranca-San Martino in the province of Forlì-Cesena.

Some evacuations were also carried out in the province of Modena due to the flood threat from the Secchia and Panaro rivers. Military personnel have been deployed to the area to help shore up temporary flood defences. Several bridges and schools have been closed as a precaution.

Italian Civil Protection said that several rivers are also high in Bologna Province, where several landslides have also occurred.

A bridge collapsed on Monday in Verucchio, near Rimini. Photo: Comune di Verucchio/Facebook
A bridge collapsed on Monday in Verucchio, near Rimini. Photo: Comune di Verucchio/Facebook

Rainfall and Rivers

According to the region’s meteorological agency Arpae Emilia-Romagna, several areas of the region recorded more than 100mm of rain in 24 hours on Sunday, 12 May, and some areas around 70 mm the next day.

The Savio River at Castiglione di Ravenna, near Cesena, Province of Ravenna, jumped from 1.53 metres on 12 May to 9.8 metres during the evening of Monday, 13 May. Red Alert level is 8 metres. Levels have since fallen to below 8 metres. The Montone river at Ponte Vico jumped from 1.5 metres on 12 May to 8.83 metres on the evening of 13 May.

Rainfall in Emilia-Romagna, 12 May, 2019. Image: Arpae Emilia-Romagna
Rainfall in Emilia-Romagna, 13 May, 2019. Image: Arpae Emilia-Romagna
Montone river at Ponte Vico, Italy. Image: Arpae Emilia-Romagna
Savio River at Castiglione di Ravenna, near Cesena, Province of Ravenna. Image: Arpae Emilia-Romagna

 

Veneto Region

In Veneto Region, the recent heavy rains have reactivated a huge landslide in Schiucaz, a town in the municipal area of ​​Alpago, Province of Belluno. According to Civil Protection, the landslide has moved forward since the heavy rain, threatening to bury the town with about 6,000 cubic meters of rocks and mud. Seventeen people have been evacuated from their homes.

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