Rescue and clean-up work continues after a gigantic waterspout in central Italy

In two hours, half of the rain throughout the year, more than 400mm of precipitation.

A gigantic waterspout swept through the early hours of Thursday to Friday a large part of the province of Anconain the Marche region, in central Italy.

A barrage of water and mud that has left at least 10 people dead and three others missingincluding a child. Fifty wounded of varying degrees have been treated in hospitals in the area.

In some locations like Pianello di Oyster the magnitude of the storm surprised the neighbors.

“We were on our terrace, fortunately we live on the first floor, and suddenly the mass of water went from about 50 centimeters to 1.40 meters in less than 10 minutes”explains Gabriele Balducci.

“This morning when we arrived the situation was really dramatic inside the house, it is practically uninhabitable, we have thrown away everything that was inside, and we don’t know if it will be possible, or when to live here again”comments Aurora Marcuri.

This type of phenomenon that affects more and more European regions due to the effect of climate change, has become one of the topics of the electoral campaign for the elections that will take place at the end of this month.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi was visiting the area on Friday.

“they speak (the residents) of the need to rebuild the safety of the environment. And without security in the environment there is no trust on the part of the people who lived here who do not have peace of mind, they do not have the will to stay. Consequently, facing the hydrological problem means prevention, it means investment, it means infrastructure, and it also means facing climate change”Draghi points out.

This Saturday four regions remained on orange alert (Umbria, Campania, Basilicata and Calabria) and another eight on yellow alert in anticipation of heavy locally intense rainfall.

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