In the Emilia Romagna region, which was shaken by the flood caused by heavy rains last week and 15 people died in the country, those living in areas where the flood waters still do not recede have been warned about epidemic diseases.
In the news of the Italian ANSA agency, it was stated that the possibility of pollution due to sewage waste mixed with stagnant water, garbage and animal carcasses in flood-affected areas has increased, leading to concerns about the risk of viral infection in the region.
Paola Pula, the Mayor of Conselice in Ravenna province, one of the towns where the flood waters have not yet receded, signed an order for the citizens who are still under water and living in their homes to leave their homes as soon as possible due to health and hygiene reasons.
Stating that their aim with this instruction is to protect the health and safety of the public, Pula said, “There is no health emergency at the moment. However, stagnant water, failure of the sewerage network, possible interruptions in the supply of drinking water and garbage that cannot be collected make it unsafe to stay here.” used the phrase.
Tetanus vaccination campaign
It was noted that the situation in the town is expected to improve within 5 days.
Local public health centers also launched a tetanus vaccination campaign in the region against infectious diseases in the flood area.
The Italian army also provided disinfectant and salted food packages to the civil defense, to be distributed to the local population, against the risk of catching tetanus from dirty still water.
Due to the new flood risk in the region, the “red alert” status has also been extended until tomorrow.
It was warned that the problems in the discharge of flood waters continue due to the occupancy of the water treatment networks in the plains in the region and that the water levels may rise in case of new precipitation.
As a result of heavy rains in the Emilia Romagna region last week, the rivers in the region overflowed, many settlements were submerged, and 15 people died in the disaster.
Due to the flood, the right-wing coalition government led by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni decided to allocate more than 2 billion euros to the needs of the flooded region.