The gust of wind with bad weather that has hit much of Italy saw acqua alta reach 1.27 metres in Venice on November 12, with much of the city swamped and the narthex of St Mark’s Basilica flooded.
Levels of 100-120 cm above sea level are fairly common in the lagoon city and Venice is well-equipped to cope with its rafts of pontoon walkways, ANSA writes.
But anything much above 120 cm risks swamping much of the city. In southern Italy, meanwhile, schools were closed in Matera and the nearby town of Metaponto was hit by a tornado.
Gale-force winds and torrential rain is also a big problem in Calabria, where the gusts reached 113 kmph and Puglia.
A Georgian (25) national was badly injured by a tiger when breaking into an enclosure at the Lidia Togni circus, which is currently in Reggio Calabria, ANSA news agency reported. According to local officials the naked intruder has been in a confused state and may have taken drugs. The animal almost ripped off his arm, the the same sources said. The Georgian is now in the intensive-care ward of the city’s Riuniti hospital. He is not thought to be in a life-threatening condition. The surgeons could not save his hand, and it was amputated, that cause frustration and anger of the patient when he woke up from anesthesia. He started to threaten staff with knife, and attempted to flee the hospital. Police was called to resolve the incident.
Ban on animals in circus voted November 2017 changed the rules for shows, and at present Italy has implemented phasing out all animals used in circuses according to Ministerial decree. In hundred circuses in Italy about 2,000 animals were forced to perform, and now they are expecting to be relocated.
The project of attracting EU senior citizens to Italian southern regions has been proposed by Lega, the Right wing party ascending power, led by Matteo Salvini, who intends to reverse population decline, offering tax free decade to Europeans, settling in economically fragile areas.
Lega party proposes effective measures to reverse the chronic population decline in traditionally poorer regions of the country, suffering from economic stagnation and high employment by attracting Europeans to settle there promising liberation from tax burdens for 10 years.
The pilot-project will initially focus on three regions suffering population decline –Sardinia, Sicily and Calabria.
“We think it could appeal to foreigners – Italy is a beautiful country,” said Alberto Brambilla, economic adviser to Matteo Salvini, now the interior minister and head of leader of of the party.
“We’re trying to provide an incentive for the transfer of older people (towards the south),” Mr Brambilla, who came up with the idea, told La Repubblica newspaper.
The scheme will be open not only to Italians but to the EU citizens, however the seniors remain the major target group of the project.