05:53 26 May
Meloni: first the resources and then the commissioner
'The flood commissioner? First we need resources and then I am amazed that this is a priority: funerals have yet to be celebrated...' Prime Minister Meloni freezes the 'party of governors' after having accompanied EU President von der Leyen by helicopter to the areas affected by the floods together with the president of Emilia-Romagna Bonaccini and the number one of the Civil Protection Curcio. Brussels is ready to give the green light to the use of Cohesion Fund resources. 'Your motto applies: tin bota!', von der Leyen said in Romagna addressing citizens and volunteers in Cesena.
06:25 26 May
Von der Leyen: "Heartbreaking to see devastation, EU is with you"
"Heartbreaking to see the devastation caused by floods in the beautiful region of Emilia Romagna. I have come here to tell you that Europe is in mourning with you. And that we are at your side." So in a tweet the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, visiting the affected areas together with Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.
06:07 26 May
Giorgia Meloni and Ursula von der Leyen
05:45 26 May
Fedriga, proud of the Fvg Civil Protection in Emilia Romagna
"I have come to thank our Civil Protection volunteers. They were the first to arrive and they are doing a huge job to assist the population and we should all be proud of that." The governor of Friuli Venezia Giulia Massimiliano Fedriga, together with the regional councillor for civil protection Riccardo Riccardi, in Forlì, met at the collection point of the Fair the volunteers of the Civil Protection ofFriuli engaged in aid operations in the territories affected by the floods in Emilia-Romagna . "The generosity and high professionalism of our volunteers is once again a precious help in the scenarios in which they are called to intervene, demonstrating how strong the sense of solidarity of the people of Friuli Venezia Giulia is and that when there are emergencies our Civil Protection is always on the front line".
For his part, Councillor Riccardi recalled what are the forces in the field for the Fvg Civil Protection: 100 volunteers placed between Ravenna, Forli 'and Predappio; many means, in particular for the inversion of the waters, plus another team arrived from Pordenone for the protection of cultural heritage. "We intervened - said the councilor - with prepared women and men and also you can see the investments in the equipment we have made available. It will not be a simple operation - he concluded - but the Friuli Venezia Giulia Civil Protection is there".
05:33 26 May
Bad weather: new interventions of the Defense in Emilia-Romagna
Transport of health personnel and medicines, recovery of citizens isolated in homes and cars due to mud and water. Interventions for the restoration of the road network. The commitment of the Defense in favor of the population of Emilia Romagna, seriously affected by the bad weather emergency, continues incessantly. The activities put in place by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Carabinieri are many, including the transport of cancer patients to specialized medical centers for the necessary specialized care.
In several cases, the military also recovered pets trapped inside houses submerged by the flood. The Defense has also made itself available to build a military bridge type "Janson Panel Bridge" to make up for the collapse of the Motta bridge that connects Budrio to San Martino in Argine, collapsed following the flooding of the Idice stream. Currently in the areas affected by bad weather there are about 1400 soldiers.
05:30 26 May
From the Cdm 8 million to the flooded municipalities of Marche and Tuscany
The Council of Ministers extends the state of emergency to the municipalities of the Marche and Tuscany affected by the flood, which are added to those of Emilia Romagna. In the Marche region, the municipalities of Fano, Gabicce Mare, Monte Grimano Terme, Montelabbate, Pesaro, Sassocorvaro and Urbino and the province of Pesaro and Urbino are involved. For the first relief interventions to the population, 4 million euros have been allocated from the National Emergency Fund.
The same amount, with the same purpose, was allocated to the Tuscan municipalities of Firenzuola, Marradi, Palazzuolo sul Serio and Londa of the metropolitan city of Florence.