Italy: Floods Information Bulletin (31 October 2018)


This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Italian Red Cross (ItRC) is responding to the needs of the affected people, and coordinating closely with government authorities. ItRC is currently responding using its own resources.

The situation

Following heavy rains and storms that began on 29 October 2018, and which have particularly affected the northern and central regions of Italy, approximately 2,200 people have been evacuated and more than 125,000 are without electricity.

Some municipalities in Veneto remain cut-off, with the coastal municipalities of Liguria and Lazio affected by strong storms, and the Piave and Brenta rivers both in flood.

On Tuesday, 30 October, the Regions of Liguria and of Veneto (in the north-west and north-east of the country respectively) requested the declaration of a state of emergency. Search and Rescue operations led by the Italian Civil Protection are underway.

According to the latest available data, the bad weather has resulted in the deaths of 11 people – the number of injured is unknown at this stage.

There is currently a gradual improvement in the general weather conditions, however, this is expected to be only temporary as another Atlantic weather front is forecast to reach northwest Italy on Friday (2 November). At the same time, a low-pressure system from North Africa is forecast to cause high winds and storms in Sicily and Sardinia in the south. On Thursday (1 November), high winds are expected across Italy affecting most regions.