Friday, May 04, 2007

Drought in Italy


I can't imagine this, Harry and I bicycled thru the Po River delta several years back. It was the most amazing and serene place I'd ever seen. Covers a huge area.

ROME, Italy (Reuters) -- Italy declared a state of emergency in northern and central regions on Friday. Farmers have been fretting as Italy's largest river, the Po, has dried up in recent months. The river, running west to east across northern Italy, feeds the broad Po valley which accounts for about a third of the country's agricultural output.

Drought fears intensified after the Po's level fell by 80 centimeters in late April, to 6.53 meters (21 ft 5.0 in) below its normal level in the northern town of Pontelagoscuro. The whole article

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