The drought alarm continues in Italy, with the Regions ready to ask the Government for a state of emergency: in some areas, especially those of the Po, from Piedmont to Lombardy to Emilia Romagna, rationing and recommendations to avoid waste have already started . Here is the situation region by region.
The Regions are ready to ask the Government the state of emergency due to drought, as reported in the past few hours by the Veneto Councilor for Agriculture, Federico Caner. The goal is to prioritize the human and agricultural use of water resources. Another request of the regional representatives will be to make available the resources of the Pnrr for the creation of new reservoirs and thus to cope with the alarm that from Northern Italy is spreading to a large part of the Peninsula. This and more will be discussed tomorrow, Wednesday 22 June, by the Conference of the Regions.
Red alarm for the Po basin
The situation in recent days is in fact further aggravated by theheat wave intense that is doing register temperature record for the period, with peaks of up to 40 degrees, in particular in Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria and the Major Islands, as illustrated in Fanpage.it Colonel Mario Giuliacci. Consequently, for the lack of rainalso the situation in fields got worse. The latest Coldiretti monitoring on the situation of the Po river at Ponte della Becca (Pavia) gives a worrying picture.
“The level of the Po – emerges from Coldiretti – is -3.3 meters with respect to the lowest hydrometric zero of Mid-August a year ago, with drought affecting crops, since rice to sunflower, from most at the soy, but also the cultivation of wheat and other cereals and fodder for animal feed, at a time when it is necessary to guarantee full production with the war in Ukraine. “The lack of water in the Po Valley – is the alarm – threat beyond 30% of the national agricultural production.
The Po basin Authority has already declared, on its own, the red alert: the situation of the great river is in fact in the most serious state of emergency since we can remember it. Furthermore, only the Lake Garda it remains at 60% of its filling capacity, and also the Lake Maggiorethe main warehouse of essential resource for the river, is only al 24% of its capacity to invade.
The regions most affected by drought
Among the regions most affected by this phenomenon is the Lombardy. However, President Attilio Fontana reassured that the situation is not yet critical. “The Lombardy Region – he declared – has been worrying for over a month and a half with initiatives to try to use the little water available to us in the best possible way. avoid waste and to reduce the use of water to a minimum, but with regard to the civil aspect, the situation is still under control “.
With the levels of the Po increasingly lower, Alberto Cirio, governor of Piedmonthas decreed the red alert and asked for help from Valle d’Aosta, which in turn is grappling with the emergency: “Our region is also experiencing serious problems due to water shortages. We have snowfields already melted as if we were in August and very high temperatures even up to 4,000 meters”, said the president Erik Lavevaz. Without rain, the Vercelli area will not be able to go beyond the “first week of July” and will have to say goodbye to rice this year, said Confagricoltura Vercelli and Biella.
State of calamity also in Emilia Romagna. An ordinance is in force in Bologna (until 30 September) to prohibit the waste of drinking water “for non-domestic use”, with particular reference to the watering of vegetable gardens and gardens. The most serious situation is certainly in the Center and North, where there are numerous measures rationing matches in dozens of municipalities.
Different speech for the Lazio, where Nicola Zingaretti announced that in the next few hours he will proclaim a state of calamity which will be used to “immediately adopt the first measures and invite the mayors to comply with the containment regulations”. The Arno and the Tiber are also in great suffering due to the prolonged lack of rain.
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