A sixteen-year-old dies in an avalanche in South Tyrol. Bad weather in Italy LIVE


A sixteen-year-old dies in an avalanche in South Tyrol. Bad weather in Italy LIVE

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16-year-old dies in an avalanche in South Tyrol

A 16-year-old boy died in an avalanche while off-piste in Plan in Val Passiria. However, the accident, which occurred yesterday afternoon, had no witnesses. The alarm was raised in the evening by family members due to the young man's failure to return. The search began immediately and shortly after 9pm the now lifeless body of the 16-year-old was found under an avalanche. The avalanche danger along the border ridge is currently rated 3 out of 5 (considerable), after the snowfalls of recent days. This is the second avalanche victim in recent days in Alto Adige.


Avalanche danger, the road to Cogne reopens for two hours

The regional road to Cogne will temporarily reopen from 4pm to 6.30pm with visual inspection by the Civil Protection in the Tsa Seche gully. Then it will remain closed during the night, from 6.30pm today to 6.30am tomorrow morning, when “it will definitively reopen unless the weather conditions worsen”. This was announced by the municipal administration of Cogne. In the municipality at the foot of the Gran Paradiso, just under 2,000 people have been stranded since late yesterday morning due to the preventive closure of regional road 47 due to avalanche danger. The decision comes after observations from the helicopter and the technicians' assessments of the snow accumulations present.


Liguria, the town of Corniglia isolated due to landslide

The 130 residents of Corniglia, in the Cinque Terre, are isolated due to a still moving landslide which has blocked the Sp30 since this morning. This is the only access route. “The landslide is still moving, we have cordoned off, it will take a few days to be able to intervene – replies the mayor of Vernazza Francesco Villa -. We have asked for support from the regional civil protection to guard the road, so that there is no risk of people cross on foot. We have also asked for a permanent 118 station, with a doctor for emergencies.” Currently you can only arrive in the village by train or by sea. There are also tourists in Corniglia, “even with cars which however they will not be able to take away at the moment. The tourist season has now started and this makes things even more complicated” added Villa. The Sp 43 between Levanto and Monterosso is also closed due to a landslide, on which intervention by the Province of La Spezia is underway. Landslides also in the La Spezia hinterland.


In Piedmont, around a hundred people were evacuated due to risks of landslides and avalanches

The consequences of the bad weather in Piedmont have created problems in some municipalities in the Turin area due to the risk of avalanches and landslides. In Venaus, seventy-two people were evacuated as a precaution due to avalanche danger and around thirty are being assisted by the Municipality and by civil protection volunteers in the multi-purpose centre. In San Raffaele Cimena twenty people, in two separate villages, are isolated due to a landslide on the municipal road. The municipality of Usseglio is also isolated due to a landslide on provincial road 23 between Usseglio and Lemie. A significant improvement in the meteorological situation is expected for today and tomorrow morning, with a sharp increase in the freezing point, which will rise from 1,700-1,800 meters to 2,100 meters in the evening. However, the new bulletin issued by ARPA (Regional Agency for Environmental Protection) Piedmont maintains for today the orange alert for avalanches in the western sector, from Valsesia to Valle Po, due to the large quantities of snow, exceeding 130 centimetres, fallen in the last 72 hours. The large quantity of snow that fell led to intense natural avalanche activity with even large avalanches affecting the valley floor in the sectors most affected by precipitation. Therefore throughout the Piedmont Alps today the avalanche danger is 4 – strong in relation to the expected warming. The snow caused many inconveniences to traffic with local interruptions in the supply of services (electricity and telephones) in the Turin and Cuneo areas, particularly in the mountain areas. The technicians, with many difficulties due to the extreme weather conditions, tried to restore them during the night. Regional civil protection moves from the pre-warning operational phase to the attention phase, maintaining constant surveillance on any phenomena of instability in the regional territory. From 4pm today the operations room will therefore be closed and the on-call service will be activated.


Zaia: 'The regional emergency center closed in Veneto'

“They were difficult days, in which the entire Civil Protection system of the Veneto Region, from councilor Bottacin, to the professionals, to the extraordinary volunteers, gave further proof of efficiency, professionalism, self-sacrifice, working day and night without sparing themselves My greatest thanks go to all of them, to which I believe we can add that of the many people who were defended and, when needed, assisted in the territories.” The president of Veneto, Luca Zaia, stated this in a note after the Emergency Center activated by the Civil Protection in Marghera was closed today due to bad weather.


The Rhêmes valley reopened after the avalanche during the night

The regional roads of Valgrisenche and Val di Rhêmes have been reopened in the Aosta Valley: the first had been closed as a precaution yesterday evening due to the danger of falling plants, the second this morning after the triggering of an avalanche which occurred last night.

Traffic is still prohibited along the Cogne regional road, closed yesterday as a preventive measure due to avalanche danger and where just under 2,000 people are currently isolated: here, compared to Gaby, “the situation seems a little simpler”, said Valerio Segor , director of the Civil Protection and Fire Brigade department of the Aosta Valley, and “it will almost certainly be possible to follow up by opening a window to let people out” or “even making assessments of revoking the ordinance itself. It could be that we will return to a temporary one for the night, also given the weather forecast for tomorrow, but now it is a bit premature to make this analysis”.

The upper Valsavarenche was also closed due to avalanche danger and the regional road number 33 between Brusson and Colle di Joux for work to remove plants that had fallen due to the snow. “Everyone's attention – declares the president of the Valle d'Aosta Region, Renzo Testolin – remains very high to guarantee the safety of residents and tourists present in the places most affected by the snowfall. Our appeal is not to expose ourselves to situations of danger by avoiding ski mountaineering excursions and off-piste skiing in the next few hours”.


Bad weather Liguria, Toti “we will ask for an extension of the state of emergency”

The yellow alert that affected the Ligurian territory in recent hours, which ended at midnight yesterday, with rain, thunderstorms, strong winds and an intense sea storm, caused damage throughout the territory. “Thanks to the work of the regional operations room of the Civil Protection we have constantly monitored the situation in the area – explain the president of the Liguria Region Giovanni Toti and the councilor for Civil Protection Giacomo Giampedrone – The yellow alert has ended, but in the next few hours it will be It is necessary to pay maximum attention to the stability of the soil, which is saturated with water and therefore more subject to landslides, precisely to deal with landslides and landslides and obtain more funds for the restoration of roads in the many areas of Liguria which have felt the effects of bad weather. – they said -, today we will ask the national Department of Civil Protection to extend the state of emergency already requested for the weather events that hit the Region a few months ago: guaranteeing safe and easy travel throughout our territory is an absolute priority”.


Bad weather: Coldiretti, the Po rises by 2 meters in 24 hours

The level of the Po river has risen by two meters in the last 24 hours at the Crescentino Po hydrometer, in the Turin area, under the pressure of the new wave of bad weather that hit the Peninsula after a start to the year of heat and drought. This is what emerges from Coldiretti's monitoring of data from Aipo, the interregional agency of the Po river. The state of the largest Italian river is representative of the state of suffering of the waterways along the peninsula which have swollen due to the rains, but The lakes are also of concern, with that of Garda close to the historical highs of the period. Coldiretti, based on ESW data, recalls that in the last week 50 extreme events have hit Italy, including cloudbursts and windstorms, confirming a clear trend towards tropicalization. The high frequency of violent demonstrations, seasonal shifts and the rapid transition from hot to bad weather affect a territory made more fragile by overbuilding and land consumption. Faced with this situation, Coldiretti underlines, it is strategic to implement long-term projects that go beyond the emergency. The president of Coldiretti Ettore Prandini made an appeal to the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Matteo Salvini, asking for an urgent meeting to implement the plan drawn up by Coldiretti with Anbi which aims to increase rainwater collection, which is currently at a standstill at 11 %.


Snow returns to Sardinia, white flakes at less than 1000 meters

The snow returned to whiten the Gennargentu in the first weekend of March and last night the white flakes also appeared in the towns of Fonni but also of Desulo at 945 meters above sea level and Tonara at 910 metres. Snow also in Gallura on the Limbara mountains and in Genna Silana, above a thousand meters in the municipality of Urzulei, in Ogliastra. There was also snow during the night when the temperatures dropped but this morning the mercury reached two degrees and the white blanket on the streets is slowly melting. In Fonni in the early hours of the morning the municipal administration had to send municipal vehicles to the most critical points: intersections and uphill roads near schools, offices and clinics. And Anas and the Province of Nuoro also sent their vehicles to clear some roads which nevertheless remained passable, such as the Fonni-Desulo. Temperatures between today and tomorrow are still rising and the situation should improve in the next few hours. Today new civil protection alert for rain, strong wind and storm surges in much of the island until midnight.


Snow returns to Vesuvius, temperatures drop

Snow returns to Vesuvius: temperatures dropping sharply across the entire area close to the volcano. These are the effects of the wave of bad weather that is affecting the Neapolitan area and which has brought rain, at times intense, to the entire area. The result is the presence of a white blanket on Vesuvius, which affects almost the entire large cone and which now that the clouds are less thick is also visible from the city of Naples. The municipalities located on the slopes of the volcano are currently affected by light rainfall, with temperatures significantly lower than yesterday, even if the forecasts speak of an improvement in general conditions in the next few hours.


Cinque Terre, two landslides on provincial roads

Two landslides have interrupted provincial roads in the Cinque Terre. During the night a landslide affected the provincial road 43 between Levanto and Monterosso, closed between the towns of Legnaro and Chiesa Nuova. The Province of La Spezia also reports the interruption of the Corniglia sp30, also in this case due to the fall of some rocks which broke through the protection nets. Technicians on site to verify the event, which is still ongoing. In Val di Vara, the SP20 leading to Madrignano remains closed, having suffered a large-scale collapse in recent days. Yesterday a joint inspection with the Liguria Region confirmed the need to create a bypass to temporarily reopen traffic.


Bad weather in Liguria, night of landslides and small landslides

Yesterday's insistent rain is causing landslides and small landslides in the metropolitan area of Genoa and in the city. During the night in Borzoli a new landslide occurred on a road that connects the town to the hills. A road in the city is closed due to a landslide which is affecting a wall close to some buildings. Firefighters on site. Another landslide occurred during the night on the provincial road of Val Graveglia, the firefighters are there too. Landslide on the provincial road 453 in Villanova d'Albenga. In the La Spezia area, two new landslides and two provincial roads closed, the SP 43 for Levanto and the provincial road 30 of Corniglia.


Bad weather: red areas in Piedmont due to hydrogeological risk

In Piedmont the heavy rains, which this morning are providing a respite after two practically uninterrupted weeks, have caused damage in the Alessandria area, where the hydrogeological alert in some municipalities has been raised to red, the highest level, with which numerous or extended across the territory. Meanwhile, in Turin the Murazzi del Po are flooded, closed since midnight, just waiting for the flood, after the rainfall has swollen the tributaries in recent days.

The alert is orange in the Turin area and between this and the Cuneo area, as well as in some centers in the Asti area and others in the Alessandria area. In the mountains, snow accumulations are significant, with the avalanche danger already classified yesterday by ARPA (Regional Agency for Environmental Protection) at 4, strong, in most of the Alpine sectors. There are almost two meters of snow in Sestriere (Turin), one and a half meters in Bardonecchia (Turin). In the Tortona area, a landslide fell on the provincial road 104 in Volpedo during the night. In the last 24 hours, 142 millimeters of rain fell in Luserna San Giovanni and 133 in Talucco, in the Pinerole area; 129 millimeters in Barge (Cuneo), 82 in the center of Turin.


Avalanche in the night, Rhêmes-Notre-Dame isolated

An avalanche hit the Val di Rhêmes regional road in the Aosta Valley during the night. The mountain municipality of the valley, Rhêmes-Notre-Dame, is isolated and has around 80 residents in addition to tourists. “We have no reports of damage to people or things. The detachment occurred in the hamlet of Mélignon and the road was closed further down the valley, in the hamlet of Frassiney”, explains the mayor of Rhêmes-Saint-Georges, Nella Therisod. “Now the inspection of the technicians is underway to evaluate when we can reopen without endangering anyone”, adds the first citizen.

Due to the danger of avalanches since yesterday in the Aosta Valley, the upper Gressoney valley has been isolated (where around 4,500 people are located), due to the detachment of a mass of snow which blocked the entrance to a tunnel in the municipality of Gaby , and the municipality of Cogne, for the closure of the regional road as a preventative measure (almost 2,000 people). Valgrisenche (which has around 200 residents) is isolated due to the danger of falling plants and the upper part of Valsavarenche is closed due to the risk of avalanches. In the morning the president of the Valle d'Aosta Region, Renzo Testolin, convened the rescue coordination center to take stock of the situation.

In the three municipalities the schools will remain closed. “We have one meter and 20 centimeters of snow at 1,700 meters above sea level”, explains the mayor of Gressoney-La-Trinité, Alessandro Girod. In the late afternoon “the Testa Grigia avalanche came down. It involved a square, but there were no cars, as it had already been closed as a precaution”. In the town “we have 2,500-3,000 people. There are 300 residents, the remainder are tourists. Around 200-250 were stranded today and have found accommodation in hotels. At the moment there is electricity, we have food, the shop in the village is able to provide the service, we have diesel, at the moment we are self-sufficient”.

“The vehicles are starting to work to clear the snow. I hope that in the afternoon we can return to normality” and that regional road 44, closed since yesterday above the town of Gaby due to an avalanche blocking a tunnel, can be reopened. continues Girod. After a night of bad weather, explains the mayor, “the sky is opening up, it has stopped snowing now. We are waiting for the technicians to fly over so we can fully understand the situation”. The night of isolation “passed without any critical issues”.

In the municipality just further downstream, Gressoney Saint-Jean, where it is estimated there are around 1,700 people, including a thousand tourists, a fault was reported during the night on the Deval medium voltage line, which left four hamlets without electricity of the upper part of the town: Castel, Biela, Eckó and Noversch. Given the closure of the regional road, the technicians have not yet been able to intervene to restore the line. Similar problems in Cogne. “The night was quiet. We had some electricity problems, in some areas there were blackouts which will be resolved”, explains the mayor, Franco Allera. “We are waiting – he adds – for the sky to open and for a helicopter flight to be carried out to understand the situation, then the local avalanche commission will meet again and evaluate whether the conditions exist for the reopening”.

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