Italy Declares State of Emergency in Sardinia after Cyclone Strikes Island

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Italian authorities declared a state of emergency in Sardinia on Tuesday, a day after a cyclone struck the Mediterranean island, killing at least 16 people and leaving hundreds homeless.

Italy Declares State of Emergency in Sardinia after Cyclone Strikes Island

Overnight, Cyclone Cleopatra dropped 450 millimeters of rain in an hour and a half, causing rivers to burst their banks and flooding homes across the island.

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, who called a meeting of his Cabinet to discuss the crisis, described the disaster as a “national tragedy.”

The declaration of a state of emergency allows extra resources to be freed up more quickly to reach devastated areas, Reuters reported.

 

 

Most Visited in Other Media
Top Other Media stories
Top Stories