The crops that have not yet been destroyed will be ruined within the next 10 to 15 days if there is no rain. An environmental activist states, “At this level, we are gradually losing the harvest.” Because crops in Italy have been harmed by seawater and the country is emerging from its worst drought in seven decades, there are worries of an agricultural “catastrophe.” The River Po, which spans more than 650 kilometres (403 miles) from west to east through the northern part of the country, is nearly devoid of water as a result of a heatwave that occurred in the early summer, which was worsened by the absence of snowfall over the winter.
The waves coming from the Adriatic Sea have been breaking through the anti-salt barriers and rushing downstream, making it even more difficult for farmers to irrigate their crops given the high temperatures they have been experiencing. The director of the project called “Reclaiming the Po,” Giancarlo Mantovani, stated that “saltwater enters the water table.” “There are areas of the fields where plants do not grow and other areas where they grow consistently,” he said.
The crops that have not yet been destroyed will be ruined within the next 10 to 15 days if there is no rain. At this point, we are beginning to experience a steady decline in the crop. A farmer named Luigi Ferraris from the province of Pavia, which is close to Milan estimated that the crisis might last for at least two more years.
He stated that the harvesting of rice takes place in September and October. “July and August are still in front of us; they are two of the hottest months of the year; my concern is that if it doesn’t rain.” I am not saying it is a catastrophe, but we are very close to reaching that point.
A state of civil emergency has been proclaimed in the neighbouring country of Austria as a result of mudslides and flooding caused by heavy rains. This occurred in the southern state of Carinthia. According to reports from the local media, streams had overflowed their banks, and mud had buried homes up to their first floors.
According to the district captain Bernd Riepan, two persons have been reported missing; one of them was apparently in their vehicle when it was washed away by the floodwaters. According to the public broadcaster ORF, inhabitants of Treffen and Arriach were instructed to seek shelter on the upper floors of their homes in the event of an impending threat. It was necessary to use helicopters to extract many people trapped inside their homes and bring them to safety.
Gerald Ebner, the mayor of Arriach, stated that the village was completely isolated from the rest of the world. “Every connected road has been swept away,” he remarked. “There are no other options.” He said they were awaiting the arrival of heavy equipment from the army to assist in making the roads accessible once more and in reaching houses that had been cut off.