People in some regions of Italy are suffering because it hasn’t rained for quite some time. The Po river in particular is extremely affected by the drought. What should I do?

Because of the persistent drought in Italy, the coastal region of Liguria has applied to the government in Rome for a state of emergency. The request includes ten million euros in aid for urgent interventions, explained the conservative regional president Giovanni Toti.

According to him, the northern Italian region with the capital Genoa wants to use the money to modernize the pipeline system, renovate wells and build small dams. “We expect the government to accept our application as soon as possible,” wrote the 53-year-old politician on Facebook on Thursday evening. In Liguria it rained significantly less than usual this year.

The government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi decided on Monday the drought emergency in the five regions of Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The north of the country in particular is suffering from the persistent drought. The large lakes and bodies of water carry little water. The Po River in particular – the longest river in Italy – is extremely affected by the drought, which is why the agricultural sector in the area, among other things, is concerned about its harvest and production.