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How you can help people affected by flooding in northern Italy

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How you can help people affected by flooding in northern Italy
Cleanup operations continue in Emilia Romagna after extreme flooding killed 14 people and devastated vast urban areas last week. Photo by Federico SCOPPA / AFP

As the cleanup operation continues after floods killed 14 people and ravaged the northern Emilia Romagna region last week, here’s how you can support those affected.


Last week, Italy’s northeastern Emilia Romagna region was hit by extreme floods which killed 14 people and displaced over 36,000.

As clean-up efforts continue, local authorities and emergency services have set up channels to raise funds for those affected by the events.

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At the moment, the best way to support people in flooded areas is by making a donation directly to Emilia Romagna’s Civil Protection Agency. 

After many reached out “to lend a helping hand, and even make donations”, the region’s president Stefano Bonaccini announced last Thursday the creation of an ad hoc fundraising campaign for “people and communities hit by the flooding”.

The details (IBAN and BIC codes) of the bank account associated with the campaign are available here

All donors are advised to include “Alluvione Emilia-Romagna” ('Emilia Romagna flooding') as the reason for their donation. All funds and their use will be made public by regional authorities, the organisers say. 

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Should you be looking to make donations to a specific area, some town halls have set up independent donation channels. 

To donate to the city of Faenza – which once again took the brunt of the flooding after it was one of the worst-affected areas in the early May floods – see the following web page

You can also donate to the city of Imola by following these online instructions and to the entire Modena province via the bank account available here.

Residents in flood-hit Emilia Romagna

Local authorities and emergency services such as the Italian Red Cross have set up channels to raise funds for those affected by the floods. Photo by Federico SCOPPA / AFP

Italy’s Red Cross (Croce Rossa), which was one of the first emergency services to offer assistance in the region, has also launched its own fundraising campaign. Donations can be made directly on the organisation’s website but are currently only available to people with an Italian codice fiscale ('tax code').

Specchio dei Tempi, a long-standing non-profit organisation founded by Italian newspaper La Stampa, also accepts online donations in support of the flood-hit areas. An Italian codice fiscale is not required in this case.

Besides monetary donations, there are other ways you can help if you live close to the flooded areas. 


If you’re looking to donate food, medicines or clothing, you can get in touch with Emilia Romagna’s Protezione Civile by calling 800 024662. The hotline is available every day from 8am to 8pm.

Finally, there are a number of social media accounts, including the following Facebook group, where people from flooded areas post requests for help of all sorts, from essential goods to temporary accommodation for their pets.


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