Thursday, May 25, 2023

Emilia-Romagna Struggles with Flood Aftermath and Sanitation Risks

11:20 PM | ,

Days after the devastating floods that engulfed the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy, the impact of the catastrophe is still evident on streets and in the countryside. Thousands of citizens and volunteers from across Italy are relentlessly working to clear the mud and debris left behind. Images from the Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 satellites of the Copernicus EU program reveal the long trails of mud pouring into the northern Adriatic Sea, indicating the severity of the disaster .

The floods affected 43 municipalities, causing 23 rivers to overflow and activating around 1,000 landslides, with 300 of these concentrated in 54 municipalities. Surveyor teams are constantly updating the hydrogeological situation in the affected areas, using drones where roads are impassable.

Aside from the environmental impact, concerns are now rising regarding the hygienic and sanitary risks faced by citizens who have been in areas with stagnant water for over a week. The Italian Society of Environmental Medicine (Sima) raises alarms about disease-transmitting mosquitoes and potential sewage overflow increasing the risk of various infection.

To mitigate these risks, the local health authority has issued guidelines for residents in flooded areas, such as avoiding contact with floodwaters, wearing protective gear, and ensuring proper hand hygiene. It is crucial for the affected communities to follow these precautions to minimize the long-term health impacts of this disaster.

You Might Also Like :

0 commenti:

Post a Comment