Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018

Calabria clear-up begins after storms, flash floods (2)


Rossano, August 13 - As Red Cross workers continued
Thursday to work with the victims of intense flooding in the
southern region of Calabria, Italian army and civil protection
staff laboured to remove debris.
Firefighters from as far away as Lazio said about 1,000
people were evacuated from communities in the area, including
about 500 from the hard-hit town of Rossano, as well as from
Corigano Calabro.
Some people were preparing to return to their homes,
possibly later Thursday, after they were hit by Wednesday's
violent storms and flash floods in Calabria.
Evacuated Rossano residents spent Wednesday night in two
shelters and officials said some buildings in the town would
require close inspection to be sure they were safe for people to
The Red Cross said it was continuing to ferry medications
and other necessities to people cut off by the disaster on
Italy's Ionian coast.
Clean-up began early Thursday to deal with vast rivers of
mud left behind by the flood waters, remove downed trees, and
restore electricity to 10,000 people as police continued to
watch against looters until order was restored.
Wednesday's disaster came in the same week that two people
were killed in separate events linked to extreme weather in
other parts of Italy.
That led Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti to
complain that for too long, governments have not invested enough
in flood prevention and protection.
That will change, beginning with an end to amnesties for
construction on risky river floodplains, he said in a visit to
Rossano Thursday.
Galletti said that "human guilt" and "unauthorized
construction" have been factors in disasters.
Responding to infrastructure demands "is the beginning of a
job that will be very long," he said.
Premier Matteo Renzi was in touch with officials on the
flood situation, which Rossano Mayor Giuseppe Antoniotti
described as creating "enormous damage".
He said he would be asking the Renzi government for help in
coping with the diaster.

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