Sunday, November 27, 2011


At the end of another week, it is with great sorrow that I bring you news of another flood in Italy, this time in the Province of Messina.

Torrential rain hit the area on Tuesday, causing horrific damage in 21 small towns. The worst affected were Scarcelli di Saponara, Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, Villafranca Tirrena and Rometta.  The ensuing mudslides claimed four victims, all at Scarcelli di Saponara and among them was a ten-year-old boy.  Whole streets, bridges, business premises and homes were destroyed and 830 people, of whom 480 are from Scarcelli di Saponara, have been evacuated. Some of these have lost their homes.

This weekend a massive clearing up operation is under way and evacuees are being helped by local, regional and national organisations and volunteers.

But there is also anger and the inhabitants of Rometta, in particular, have said that they feel abandoned:  their Mayor called for help on Tuesday night but no police or civil protection officials came to the aid of the hamlet's citizens.

Raffaele Lombardo, the Governor of Sicily, has visited the stricken area this weekend and has said that his first thoughts, of course, are with the families who have lost loved ones.  He has also promised an enquiry into the safety of buildings in the area.  The Monti government has unblocked funds intended to help the people of Giampilieri and Scaletta Zanclea and it is unclear whether some of this money will be used to help those affected by this new disaster.  People in the area are worried that they are less "visible" nationally than the citizens of Genova and may therefore receive less media coverage and help.


Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I cannot believe the amount of devastation that is happening with the floods, these poor people are having a horrendous time, my thoughts go out to them all.

Whispering Walls said...

That is bad news - sorry to hear

LindyLouMac said...

We heard about this in the news, it is so sad that Italy has suffered so much from flooding this Autumn.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Anne. Yes, it's impossible to imagine the damage and the speed of it. Your kind thoughts will be appreaciated. Hello, WW. Yes, awful- Hi, LindyLouMac. It's certainly been a bad autumn for weather disasters in Italy.


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