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Storms cause 500 million euros in Italian agriculture damage

State of emergency requested

Storms cause 500 million euros in Italian agriculture damage

Rome, November 13 - Damage to the Italian countryside amid unrelenting rain will cost more than 500 million euros to repair, according to the national agriculture confederation (CIA). The figure came in a report calling for an official state of emergency in the heaviest-hit areas in the center-north of Italy, especially Tuscany. In addition to three more deaths reported Tuesday, the storms and mudslides have wreaked havoc on agriculture, especially on wine and olive-oil production, where pickers have been called off the job and heavy machinery has suffered severe damage. "The damage risks exacerbating conditions still recovering from a prolonged dry spell this summer and heavy snowfall at the start of the year," said the report. The CIA has asked the government to suspend taxes and mortgage fees in the areas without interest.

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