State of emergency over Italy bad weather

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Heavy snow hit the Emilia-Romagna region and elsewhere in Italy last month. Bologna photo: Shutterstock
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The Italian government has declared a state of emergency over bad weather which hit the country last month, freeing up €14 million to rebuild damaged areas.

Lawmakers on Thursday approved the measure for the central Emilia-Romagna region, where the government said wintry weather hit with “exceptional intensity” between February 4th and 7th.

Around €14 million of funding will now be made available for the region, which will be used in hard-hit areas such as the coast.

Councillor Paola Gazzolo welcomed the news as an “important result, achieved in rapid time in spite of the long procedure expected by the law.”

A regional commissioner will now be appointed to draw up plans on how to spend the emergency funds.

Emilia-Romagna was one of the worst-hit regions in February, with one seaside town completely cut off and 19 people evacuated from floods.

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Heavy snow also hit the region and elsewhere in Italy, causing electricity outages and prompting schools to shut close to the French border. 

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