Italy declares a state of emergency in five northern regions

Italy has declared a state of emergency in five northern regions amid the worst drought in 70 years. 

It applies to Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Piedmont and Veneto regions, the government said in a statement. 

The move will see €36.5 million allocated to try and deal with the drought. 

The valley of the River Po, which produces around 40% of the country’s food, including wheat, has barely seen any rainfall for around four months. 

The river, Italy’s longest, is seven metres below the average. 

More than a hundred municipalities in northern Italy have adopted measures to conserve water. Verona and Pisa recently joined them.

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