Furious winds and rains have taken the life of no less than 20 people in Italy this week and demolished thousands of hectares of forest in the country’s devastated north.
An 87-year-old woman and a 62-year-old German tourist were killed after being struck by lightning in Sardinia. It brings to 20 the number of people killed by bad weather in Italy since the start of the week, according to the country’s civil protection agency, with meteorologists predicting further wind and rain throughout the weekend.
Trees covering the mountainsides in the Dolomites range were condensed to matchsticks, compressed by winds that tore through the Veneto region.
Veneto governor Luca Zaia said that it’s like after an earthquake; thousands of hectares of forest were razed to the ground, as if by a giant electric saw.
Additionally, 160,000 people in the region were left without electricity, and that parts of the Dolomites were “reduced to looking like the surface of the moon”.
Another person fell into a river in the Brescia region and was dragged under by the current. In the Alto Adige region, an 81-year-old died after falling off the smashed roof of his Alpine cottage, while a 53-year-old whose car was smacked by a falling tree during bad weather died.
More than a few towns in the province of Belluno were finished after an earthquake damaged a mountain road and repair efforts were troubled by the persevering heavy rains.
Floods in Sicily have clogged many roads and mayors ordered schools, public parks, and underpasses shut. The Genoa region only had suffered tens of millions of euros’ worth of smash up — a price tag that could rise to hundreds of millions in the long term.
Italy’s civil protection agency explained the weather pouring Italy this week as one of the most intricate meteorological situations of the past 50 to 60 years.