Italy Declares State of Emergency Amid Ongoing Drought

Italy declared a state of emergency on Monday in five northern and central regions amid an ongoing drought.

The Italian government has approved a state of emergency and will provide emergency funds to Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Piedmont, and Veneto to tackle the water shortage.

Italy is facing unusually hot weather and a lack of rainfall, particularly in the northern agricultural Po valley, bringing it to its worst drought in 70 years.

Several Italian municipalities have also announced water rationing.

“The state of emergency is aimed at managing the current situation with extraordinary means and powers,” the Italian government said.

Coldiretti, an Italian agricultural union, said the ongoing drought threatens more than 30% of national agricultural production.

The Italian government added that it will take further measures if the drought situation does not improve.

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