Fourteen people have lost their lives and more than 26,000 have been evacuated from their homes due to severe flooding in the Emilia-Romagna region. Now the world is reacting and establishing ways to help those affected.
If you are currently in Bologna or are planning on travelling there soon, see this website with updated information.
Emilia-Romagna regional helpline
If you would like to help with the clear-up in Emilia-Romagna or need to report hazardous situations or notify the authorities about people requiring assistance, call the Emilia-Romagna Regional Helpline 800024662, which is manned daily from 8am to 8pm.
Donate directly to the Italian Red Cross, whose 300 or so volunteers have been working on the front line since the beginning of the emergency.
Donations can be made directly to Emilia-Romagna’s Protezione Civile association, which is working directly with the people and communities affected by the emergency. Donate by bank transfer to IBAN IT69G0200802435000104428964 and BIC/Swift UNCRITM1OM0 from abroad.
Monrif media group
Media company Monrif, whose newspapers include Quotidiano Nazionale, La Nazione, Resto del Carlino and Giorno, has organized a fundraising campaign, whose monies go to the regional government and the Emilia-Romagna civil protection association to help those left homeless after the floods. Donations can be made by bank transfer to IBAN IT23 M 05387 02411 000003844487 and BIC/Swift BPMOIT22XXX from abroad with the words “Editoriale Nazionale Srl – Un aiuto per l’Emilia Romagna”.
Tuscan chefs for Emilia Romagna
Tuscany’s chefs are joining forces to help Emilia-Romagna. The media company Il Forchettiere is organizing the Il cuore oltre l’Appennino (Heart over the Apennines) campaign to raise funds through restaurants. Fifty restaurants have signed up so far and will be donated a percentage from each meal sold, which mostly features an ingredient from Emilia-Romagna, to the region’s civil protection service. Find out more here (in Italian).