Friday, November 25, 2011

The Floods in Sicily

Parts of Italy have been hit by floods this week, but unfortunately not much was said about it in the news. It's taken me this long to write about it simply because I didn't know enough about what happened. The province of Messina on the island of Sicily was hit hard by torrential rain on Tuesday and Wednesday; according to ANSA 260 ml of rain fell in the space of 12 hours. The latest figures seem to show that three people lost their lives and 700 were made homeless in the province.

As an outsider it's been very difficult to judge how bad the flooding actually was because I heard so little about it. When Genova was hit a couple of weeks ago, the news - and quite rightly so - was everywhere. TV and radio interrupted their normal broadcasts to cover what was happening. But the floods in Sicily have been critically under-reported. Even on Twitter, which was widely used to report the news of the flooding in Genova and to help the people affected, it wasn't spoken about that much. The severity of the situation just didn't hit home. For whatever reason, all too often the North-South devide rears its ugly head. And as a foreigner I just can't get my head around it.

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