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MAPS: Which parts of Italy have been hit by flooding?

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MAPS: Which parts of Italy have been hit by flooding?
Flooded bungalows in Cesena on May 17, 2023 after heavy rains caused major flooding in central-northern Italy. (Photo by Alessandro SERRANO / AFP)

As a prolonged spell of stormy weather sweeps Italy, here's a look at which areas have been affected by severe flooding this week.

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Severe flooding in Italy has made international headlines once again this week after at least 11 people were killed on Wednesday.

While most parts of Italy have experienced heavy rain and thunderstorms recently amid a prolonged spell of unusually bad May weather, the disastrous flooding this week affected one area of the country in particular.

The worst-affected areas were all in the north-eastern region of Emilia Romagna, which is home to the city of Bologna, while parts of the neighbouring regions of Marche and Tuscany were also hit by severe storms.

The map below shows the parts of Italy placed on the highest-level 'red' alert by public safety officials on Wednesday, most of which are in Emilia Romagna.

Large parts of the south and centre of the country were meanwhile placed on lower-level 'amber' or 'yellow' alerts, including the cities of Rome and Naples.

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The confirmed deaths were all in Emilia Romagna, which had already suffered deadly floods earlier in May.

Intense rainfall this time was concentrated in the provinces of Forli, Cesena, and Ravenna, all of which are in the east of the region.

Around 50 centimetres (20 inches) of rain fell within 36 hours in these areas - around half the normal annual rainfall, a situation officials said had "few precedents".

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The below map from the Italian civil protection agency shows the parts of the region placed on red alert for flooding on Wednesday.

 

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All rivers in the region had broken their banks between Tuesday and Wednesday, with 36 local authorities reported flooding and 48 reporting landslides.

Emilia Romagna and many other parts of northern Italy suffered a severe drought this winter, on top of a record lack of rain last summer that devastated harvests.

The region was among the parts of Europe expected to be hit hardest by extreme weather events caused by climate change, according to an international study published in 2022.

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