Violent storm hits the Marche, flood in the night. There are victims and missing

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On the night between Thursday and Friday a violent storm has invested the regions of the Central Apennines, causing considerable damage in particular between Marche and Umbria. The Marche region is experiencing a real drama, devastated by landslides and flooding of rivers and streams in the provinces of Ancona and Pesaro Urbino. L’flood occurred in the night would have caused, according to the latest updates, at least 9 dead.

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A moment of the rescue operations of the Italian Red Cross carried out in Senigallia, Sassoferrato and Cagli, Photo ANSA / US / ITALIAN RED CROSS

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There are also missing, the number of which is currently equal to 4, including children, dozens of wounded, hundreds of displaced persons. The municipalities of the hinterland have been affected, in particular Sassoferrato, Serra Santabbondio, Arcevia, Serra de Conti, Castelleone di Suasa, Cantiano, Ostra, Barbara, Trecastelli, and the coastal city of Senigallia. The Council of Ministers approved a state of emergency for the Region and the Ancona Public Prosecutor’s Office opened a file for manslaughter and culpable flooding, currently against unknown persons.

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“There were moments of terror, with truly extraordinary quantities of water – declared the head of the Civil Protection Fabrizio Curcio following the meeting in the Prefecture held in Ancona this morning -. “It rained in a few hours a third of what it normally rains in these areas in a year and in some areas it rained twice as much as it does in summer. It was a quantity of water that suddenly spilled over the territories, causing havoc and death ”.

“It’s pretty obvious – added Curcio – ch the event, as it unfolded, was much much worse than what had been predicted ”.

Landslides and floods were also recorded in the province of Macerata. In these hours Prime Minister Draghi should reach Ostra, to visit the areas affected by bad weather and preside over operational meetings with the coordination of relief efforts and with the local authorities.

Bad weather has hit hard too the Upper Tiber and Upper Umbria, causing landslides and floods. Fortunately, there are no victims. The Region has taken steps to obtain it state of national disaster.

Throughout the night, and during the day today, civil protection, firefighters, law enforcement, ANAS technicians and volunteers have operated non-stop between the two Regions, to lend support to the populationevacuating the many blocked by floods and landslides in their homes or cars, for restore the interrupted road network as soon as possible and carry out the necessary checks on bridges and viaducts.

Italy unprepared for climate change

We are once again faced with an extreme event. And as stated on Sky Tg24 by Fabrizio Curcio, “Unfortunately we will have to get used to living with it, as they will be recurring phenomena.”

That climate change will entail – indeed is already entailing – a increase in frequency of extreme phenomena it is a topic addressed on several occasions, especially in this critical year, characterized by an anomalous winter, extremely lacking in rainfall, and an equally drought summer characterized by continuous heat waves. The damage of last night in the heart of the Apennines is yet another proof of the fragility of a territory not ready for this scenario.

“From a meteoclimatic and hydrological point of view, the meteorological event that affected the mountain sectors of the provinces of Ancona and Pesaro can be statistically characterized by the term “extreme”, given that the presumed return times calculated in advance are of the order of a few hundred years. THE 410 mm fallen in Cantiano (PU) on the western side of Monte Catria represent 29% of the total annual rainfall over a very long time series, therefore adequate to characterize the pluviometric climate. It was a self-healing storm definable as “V-Shaped”, a very rare structure characterized by particular thermodynamic conditions and which bring repeated atmospheric effects, prolonged over time and of very high magnitude – the words of Massimiliano Fazziniclimatologist, Coordinator of the Thematic Area on Climate Risk of the Italian Society of Environmental Geology (SIGEA) -. The complex local orographic context has amplified the intensity of rainfall. Evidently, with the strong overheating of the surface waters of the seas that surround our peninsula and the islands, at the arrival of the first advections of colder air of Atlantic or polar origin, the thermodynamic contrasts between the two air masses could favor the development of perturbed systems characterized by considerable rainfall. “

“Consequentially – concludes Fazzini the time has come that the citizen first of all has to adapt to this new type of atmospheric phenomena trying to minimize the chances of being affected by the effects of such intense rainfall; on the other hand, institutions must finally understand that it is necessary to rapidly resort to planning tools that contain actions aimed at mitigating the effects of climate risk as much as possible, such as municipal or basin adaptation plans “.

“The climate has changed, there are two sides of the same coin: Drought and Floods – adds the geologist Endro Martini National Coordinator of the River Contracts Thematic Area of ​​SIGEA APS – Extreme events like the one we had yesterday in the Marche find the anthropic system still unprepared, and unable to accommodate them. Same thing when we have a dry period. It is absolutely urgent and necessary to decline three-year programs with structural and non-structural interventions, to implement in the short, medium and long term a real prevention and adaptation of the anthropic system to accommodate extreme events without suffering damage. The transition must go to one integrated and coordinated multi-risk management for “floods – drought – forest fires” (major risks that have to do with water) not only as pure adaptation but as a cultural transition from crisis management to preventive risk management also through participatory tools such as the River Contracts, meetings to identify territorial strategies and joint actions to raise the resilience of the areas, animation activities to make feasible and disseminate collective and shared territorial projects for the prevention, adaptation and mitigation of climate change in the identified territory. A National Water Management Plan “.

“Climate change and drought expose Italy to a high hydrogeological risk. For years we have been proposing unhealthy solutions to increase the resilience of the territories “, complains on social networks ANBI (National Association of Land and Irrigated Water Management and Protection Consortia), reporting some data provided by the Marche Regional Hydropluviometric Weather Network:

  • In Cantiano, the most affected municipality, 420 mm of rain fell from 15.00 to 22.30 (of which almost 200 mm between 17.00 and 19.00), about half of what rained in all of 2021 and the temperature dropped from 26 degrees at 14.00 to 17.3 degrees at 16.00.
  • In Barbara, 127 mm of rain fell from 15.00 to 22.45 (80 mm from 17.30 to 19.30).
  • A Scheggia mm. 187.2 (over 50 mm in 30 minutes).
  • The Misa river overflowed in Senigallia (where it rained only 5.6 mm): at 10 pm it was 21 cm high, at 11.45 pm: 5.31 m!
  • The river Sentino, which in recent days had touched one of the many negative records (41 cm), at 19.30 yesterday had risen to 3.67 m!

Data on which the association invites you to reflect. “Anger, so much anger and so much pain for people who are losing goods and especially family affections – the words of the President Francesco Vincenzi -. In addition to this, the awareness that weather events like the one, which is hitting the Marches, can already repeat themselves in the next few hours in other areas of Italy. Nobody now says they don’t know, because we have been denouncing it in harmony with science for years, increasing the alarm in recent months: the Italian territory is at the mercy of climate change and extreme weather events after years of lack of investment in the hydrogeological safety of the territories. We repeat it once again in big letters, because just yesterday the ANBI Observatory on Water Resources had reported: the Marche and central Italy were hit by an extraordinary drought, to which a little perceived, but high hydrogeological risk is connected, a consequence of unusual climatic factors so far, which are joined by land parched by drought and hydraulic infrastructures, made insufficient also by the increasing overbuilding. “

“Now the litany of the declaration of a state of calamity will begin – adds the general manager Massimo Garganothat, data in hand, will only restore 10% of the damage suffered by people, without considering the immeasurable loss of human life and then another state of emergency will begin with costs 7 times greater than preventive interventions and long reconstruction times, to which the losses for the economy and community development must be added. Especially now, in the election campaign, the use of the verbs of goodwill in the future will begin, when for years, as now, we have been repeating that urgent action must be taken to adapt the country’s hydraulic network for which, in 2020, we presented yet another Efficiency Plan with 858 priority interventions, mostly definitive and executive, that is building sites, capable of increasing resilience and employment, but still neglected. “

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