Italian authorities have approved a relief package worth more than 2 billion euros for the flood-hit region of Emilia-Romagna, according to the Associated Press.
“In the current situation in Italy, finding 2 billion euros in a couple of days is not easy,” said Italian Prime Minister Giorgio Meloni.
In addition, the Italian authorities have decided to raise the price of tickets to public museums by 1 euro, the money will be used to restore damaged cultural institutions. The idea of introducing a special lottery to raise funds is also being considered.
Moreover, the cabinet approved the suspension of tax payments, mortgage payments, and payment of utility bills for residents of the affected area.
Last week, floods in northern Italy caused at least 14 deaths due to heavy rains, more than 20 rivers overflowed their banks, and about 300 landslides occurred.