Widespread flooding and landslides hit Italy, deadly avalanche in Alto Adige

Widespread flooding and landslides hit Italy, deadly avalanche in Alto Adige

On February 28, 2024, parts of central and northern Italy were hit by heavy rains, causing widespread flooding and landslides. In Alto Adige, an avalanche in Racines di Dentro resulted in one fatality and two serious injuries. The severe weather led to the closure of roads, rail lines, and schools in affected regions, with evacuations ordered due to rising river levels and landslide risks.

Central and northern Italy were hit by severe weather in late February 2024, marked by heavy rainfall that led to flooding, landslides, and avalanches.

In Alto Adige, a tragic avalanche in Racines di Dentro claimed one life and left two others seriously injured.

The situation prompted widespread emergency responses, including road and rail line closures in the Veneto region, school closures in the Province of Alessandria in Piedmont, and evacuations in Lombardy and Tuscany due to high river levels and landslide threats. Emilia Romagna also reported flooding and property damage.

Despite the significant impact and the volume of water similar to major floods in 2010 and 2018, the efforts to bolster territorial protection in areas like Veneto have shown resilience against the severe weather, mitigating potential damage and ensuring a quicker recovery for affected communities.


1 Cemtral and Northern Italy floods – Copernicus GLOFAS – February 29, 2024

2 Il maltempo flagella il Veneto. Valanga in Alto Adige, un morto e due feriti – ANSA – February 29, 2024


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