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Italy approves $2.2 billion relief package for flood-hit areas




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Italy has approved an emergency aid package of more than €2 billion for flood-affected areas in Emilia-Romagna's northern region, the Prime Minister Giorgia Melons said on Tuesday (23 May).

Nearly a week after the disaster, 23,000 people remain homeless, and many cities are still flooded. Thousands of acres of fertile farmland were also destroyed.

Meloni convened on Tuesday a cabinet meeting to approve these measures. Meloni visited the region on Sunday (21 May), after returning early from the G7 summit held in Japan.

Meloni, after the cabinet meeting, said that the package includes spending for emergency situations and moratoriums of tax and social contributions to affected households and companies.

The government announced that it would increase the price of museum entrance tickets by €1 from 15 June to 15 September, and said the money raised would be used to protect cultural artifacts in flood zones.

Stefano Bonaccini, the Emilia-Romagna governor, announced that Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission (EC), will visit his region today (25 May).


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