Italy has declared a state of emergency because of drought: ‘There is no doubt that climate change is having an effect,’ the prime minister said


The Italian government declared a state of emergency on Monday in five regions because of a drought caused by lack of rain and rising temperatures.

To help the regions that have been especially hard hit, Italy is sending $37.5 million in relief funds distributed to the Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Piedmont and Veneto regions, according to a statement by the Italian government.

“For the Po basin, this is the most serious water crisis of the last 70 years, according to analysis by the Po River District Basin Authority,” Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Thursday, in a translation of the statement.

The Tiber River, which flows through central Italy and Rome and is seen flowing under the famous Vittorio Emanuele II bridge in the image above, is also running at very low levels.

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CNBCm 5-7-22