Around 1,700 people were still sheltering in emergency accommodation on Wednesday following Monday’s floods, prompted by a cyclone sweeping across the island.
As funerals for the victims were held in Sardinia, Letta took to Twitter to announce a national day of mourning. “We have decided that tomorrow is a day of national mourning for the tragedy of Sardinia,” the prime minister wrote.
In cdm abbiamo stabilito che domani è giorno di lutto nazionale per la tragedia della #Sardegna— Enrico Letta (@EnricoLetta) November 21, 2013
The announcement follows the islanders’ own day of mourning for the victims.
Around 20,000 people in Sardinia have been affected, with the north-eastern city of Olbia left almost entirely under water.
The national government declared a state of emergency earlier this week and allocated €20 million for emergency assistance, while the regional government provided five million euros.