ARCHIV - 25.06.2022, Italien, Linarolo: Ein Blick auf das Flussbett des Po an der Ponte della Becca (Becca-Brücke). Das Austrocknen des Flusses gefährdet die Trinkwasserversorgung in der dicht besiedelten und hoch industrialisierten region Italiens und bedroht die Bewässerung in dem am intensivsten bewirtschafteten Teil des Landes. Foto: Luca Bruno/AP/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Italy’s government wants to declare a state of emergency because of the severe drought in parts of the country. A meeting of the Council of Ministers is planned for Monday evening, said Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s official residence. The government therefore wants to declare a state of emergency for the areas that are hardest hit by the drought.

Northern Italy in particular is currently experiencing severe drought. Large lakes such as Lake Garda have significantly less water than usual at this time of year.

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The water level in the Po River – Italy’s longest river – dropped so low that salt water seeped into the river bed for miles at the mouth of the sea. In some places, the level is lower than it has been in 70 years.

Cities like Pisa and Verona recently restricted water use. Venice and Milan turned off part of the fountains.