A helicopter has crashed in the Italian province of Ravenna, which has been hit by severe storms and flooding. All four people on board were taken to hospital, but only one of them was injured, Italy’s fire service said on Saturday.
The crew was inspecting power lines damaged by storms in the city of Lugo when the helicopter crashed, news agencies ANSA and Adnkronos reported.
The Province of Ravenna is one of nine provinces in the Emilia-Romagna region of northeastern Italy, which is bracing itself for more rain after severe flooding earlier this week.
The situation worsened on Friday, especially around the city of Ravenna – capital of a province of the same name within Emilia-Romagna – where rivers again overflowed their banks, and landslides on earth now proved to be a great danger.
Rain is expected to continue
In some parts of the Adriatic coast region the highest level of alert is still in place, the Italian Department of Civil Protection (Civil Protection) that deals with the prediction, prevention and management of emergency events that are said.
Floods and landslides continue to plague the affected areas. In some places, the water is slowly receding. Hundreds of rescue workers and volunteers are currently working to clear the roads of mud.
The Italian fire brigade has been called to more than 3,000 operations involving about 1,000 firefighters since the start of the severe storms, it was reported on Saturday morning.
Meloni to leave the G7 summit early
Meanwhile, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is set to leave the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Hiroshima a day earlier than scheduled to lead the response to the flooding that hit the north of her country this week, the diplomatic sources many news agencies on the sideline. at the summit on Saturday.
The Italian government plans to hold a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday to decide on recovery measures for the affected areas. From Japan, Meloni assured the region of his “full solidarity.”
Meloni thanked the G7 leaders and everyone from other countries who expressed solidarity with Italy and those affected by the flooding.
Heavy rains have ravaged the eastern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, killing 14 people, causing billions of euros worth of damage and severely affecting agriculture.
dh/msh (dpa, Reuters)