Bad weather, storms and floods in the North. Three mountaineers rescued in Lombardy

Bad weather, storms and floods in the North. Three mountaineers rescued in Lombardy
Bad weather, storms and floods in the North. Three mountaineers rescued in Lombardy

Heavy rain in the morning and in the afternoon in Northern and Central Italy. Until 21 this evening he stays the yellow alert on Milan and its province wheredue to heavy rainfall, the levels of the main watercourses will be kept under control: Seveso and Lambro particularly.

Mountain rescue

Rescue night the one just passed for three climbers in difficulty as they descended from the Pizzo Redorta, in Valbondione, in the province of Bergamo: the three had problems yesterday evening because, explains in a note the Alpine rescue, “they could no longer move: they were wearing crampons, which are not suitable when it is present live ice“. One was wounded in the leg. The 118 helicopter rescue he tried to reach the area both on the Bergamo side and on the Valtellina side, but the fog and low clouds made the intervention impossible. Some have thus been put into action Alpine Rescue teams. Once reached, the three were accompanied to the Brunone refuge: the wounded man could not continue without using the stretcher. Only this morning the latter was transported by helicopter to the hospital. The other two are brought back to the valley.

Water bomb

A real ‘water bomb hit this morning in province of Imperia, causing flooding everywhere. Dozens of phone calls with requests for intervention to the fire brigade. TO Riva Ligure, lightning set a palm tree on fire. Inspections are underway for landslides, especially in the hinterland. Problems also for road traffic, with small accidents, fortunately not serious, especially at the expense of motorcycles.

Weather alert

The Regional Functional Center announces that the Department of Civil Protection today issued the notice of adverse weather conditions indicating that from the afternoon-evening of today and for the following 24 hours on Lazio: scattered precipitations, also of a reverse or thunderstorm character, especially in the central-northern sectors of the region, with cumulative quantities ranging from weak to punctually moderate. The Regional Functional Center carried out the assessment of the Alert / Criticality Levels and therefore forwarded a bulletin with a yellow alert for hydrogeological criticality and hydrogeological criticality for thunderstorms on all the alert areas of Lazio. The Permanent Operations Room of the Lazio Region issued the alert of the Regional Civil Protection System and invited all the structures to adopt all the formalities of competence. Finally, it should be remembered that for every emergency the population will be able to refer to the municipal civil protection structures to which the Regional Operations Room will guarantee constant support.

Aurelia closed in Liguria

bad weather rages in Liguria: a landslide on the state road in the Savona area, a fallen tree on the A12 and inconvenience in the province of La Spezia. The councilor for the Civil Protection of the region Giacomo Giampedrone took stock of the situation regarding the storm disturbance that crossed Liguria: “Due to a landslide that occurred in Noli (Savona) and the consequent presence of boulders fallen from the rocky ridge on the roadway, the Aurelia has been temporarily closed to traffic, in both directions, always in the locality of Noli. And tomorrow the wall will be searched and the possible reopening evaluated. The Anas, for the safety of the road, will resume the suspended works from June. “Instead, at 5 pm still on the Aurelia between Genoa and Arenzano the Pizzo tunnel was reopened and closes as a precaution in the event of an orange alert. A tree in addition, he fell into the A12 towards Genoa, immediately after Carrodano. “Instead, there are limited but widespread inconveniences in the east of La Spezia”, ​​added the commissioner.

In the last few hours, intense rainfall has affected the Levant and in particular the La Spezia area: the cumulative 90.2 mm at Sarzana where 37.4 mm fell in 15 minutes and 16 mm in 5 minutes; 72.2 millimeters in Santa Margherita Vara, again in 6 hours, 72 in Castelnuovo Magra, 71.6 in Sesta Godano (with 56.4 millimeters in one hour, very strong intensity). Intense rainfall also on the Tuscan side of the Magra with the stations in the municipality of Fivizzano di Mazzola and Soliera which recorded 137 and 124.6 millimeters respectively in six hours.

Viareggio: suspended floats parade

a violent storm that hit the city forced the organizers to suspend the second parade of the Viareggio Carnival, which started at 4pm and ended after less than an hour. The gigantic papier-mâché floats they were thus forced to hurry back into the hangars of the Carnival Citadel. The organizers – the Carnival Foundation, a public body directly emanating from the Municipality of Viareggio – had decided to run the second masked course despite the weather alert for the whole day today issued in the late morning of Saturday by the Civil Protection of the Tuscany Region.


The mayor of Massa (Massa Carrara) Francesco Persiani invites citizens to move only out of necessity, while the teams of municipal technicians, the municipal police, civil protection, firefighters and law enforcement agencies are engaged in safety interventions of the roads and the restoration of the roads for the main arteries, including the Aurelia, which were flooded and blocked by rain and the fall of trees and plants. «It was very strong storm gusts – explained the mayor from the Coc room – derived from precipitation cells from Liguria which, due to the high temperature found on our coast, became energized, giving rise to the storm. In Massa the wind reached 141 km / h in 30 minutes“. The mayor, comforted by a situation in clear improvement for the next few days, has decided to keep the schools open tomorrow. On the other hand, the ‘Minutò hotel institute in Marina di Massa is closed by the Province.

The damage count

The arrival of bad weather with thunderstorms and water bombs makes the bill go up damage in the countryside in a severely drought-tested territory with rivers and lakes well below average and dry soils. This is what Coldiretti affirms in reference to the effects of first violent disturbance of autumn which hit in northern Italy where the harvest in full swing while in the south the climate remains practically summery.

The rain, Coldiretti underlines, to combat drought and be a relief to the countryside must last a long time, fall steadily and not too intense, while strong storms, especially with violent rainfall, cause damage because soils cannot absorb water which falls violently and tends to move away by sliding causing landslides and landslides. With almost 1600 extreme events in 2021 shows in Italy an increase of 33% for hailstorms, water bombs, gusts of wind and wind storms alternate a heat waves which devastated the countryside and cities from north to south of the Peninsula, according to Coldiretti’s analysis of ESWD data. Climate change with the increasingly intense and frequent rainfall with real water bombs in fact, continues Coldiretti, on a territory made more fragile by overbuilding and abandonment with the result that they have risen to 7,252 Italian municipalities, or 91.3% of the total, who are at risk landslides and / or floods but the percentage rises to 100% in Liguria according to Coldiretti calculations on Ispra data.

Extreme events more and more frequent

With the global increase in temperatures, extreme events are becoming more and more frequent in Italy. From heat waves with temperatures over 40 degrees we move on to floods and tornadoes. Only a week ago Lombardy was affected by the passage of an intense disturbance that caused inconvenience and flooding, forcing the closure of Malpensa airport for 2 hours.

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