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The storms made the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna a flood zone. Not without consequences for vacationers. But now they can breathe again.

MUNICH/BOLONA – The Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy has been the scene of several floods and landslides since early May. Torrential rain swept across the country and made the soil dry. Dozens of people died and became homeless. The consequences of this disaster can be felt for years to come.

After the storms in Italy: good news for tourists

But now normal life can slowly return to the area, which is very popular with tourists. Tourism must start over. The letter comes in handy. For locals as well as for vacationers. Because most of the bathing bans on the Adriatic coast of Emilia-Romagna can be lifted. Water quality is back to normal.

One consequence of the floods was the ban on bathing on the coasts. Sewage was discharged into the sea as a result of the storm. This led to increased levels of E. coli and enterococci bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and fever.

Destruction after the flood in the Emilia-Romagna region
Large parts of the Emilia-Romagna region were destroyed. © Alessandro Bremic / Imago

However, these values ​​have now been normalized for most bathing regions. The ban on showering should only be maintained in 19 of the 98 places where the tests took place. So tourists can look forward to the remaining 79 bathing places. Because here you can swim back in time for the start of the main season in June.

However, it can be difficult to cancel your vacation free due to the shower ban. Because only a flood in the vacation destination makes trip cancellation possible without additional costs.

German Foreign Ministry: Water levels continue to rise and warnings of thunderstorms and landslides in Italy

However, the third highest alert level remains in the Emilia-Romagna region. There are also some high water levels and thunderstorm warnings. There is still a risk of landslides, particularly in the interior of the country. This is how it is reported Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

However, tourism in the region must start over. Italian Ministry of Tourism explains to German news agency (dpa)That the region is ready to receive tourists with safety and hospitality. (Anna-Lena Kegerl / dpa)


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