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Death toll from floods in Italy rises to 15, 23,000 homeless



A day of mourning for flood victims

The death toll from flooding in Italy has risen to 15 after the body of a man who had been missing since May 17 was found in the Ravenna region of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region after he was reportedly swept away while getting out of a van.

23,000 people are still homeless after the catastrophic floods that followed heavy rains. People who had to leave their homes due to floods and storms are currently housed in hotels, sports halls and parishes.

Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni declared today a day of mourning. At the same time, she expressed her intention to raise museum entrance fees by one euro, the proceeds of which will be used for the restoration of cultural heritage damaged in the floods.

Italy will also apply for access to the solidarity fund of the European Union, from which the government expects 400 million euros. The President of Emilia-Romagna Stefano Bonaccini announced that the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will visit the province of Ravenna on Thursday, which was also confirmed by the European Commission.

On Tuesday, the Italian government adopted a package of aid measures worth two billion euros. The aid will be intended primarily for the self-employed who lost their jobs due to the floods, and export companies that were affected by the floods. Agricultural companies will also receive compensation, and part of the financial aid is intended for the purchase of new agricultural machinery.

Source: Rtvslo

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