Cyclone Cleopatra


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Flooding from Cyclone Cleopatra in Sardinia has damaged roads, bridges, and buildings, and has lead to the death of multiple people

On Monday September 18th, heavy rains hit the Mediterranean island of Sardinia and killed 17 people. In a span of 24 hours, there was about half the amount of average rainfall for a year. Severe flooding was reported over much of the island, many roads were closed, and a few thousand people were displaced. This type of storm is extremely rare in this area of the world, and residents were unable to recall a time when something this severe had occurred. The Italian government declared a state of emergency and set aside 20 million Euros to help with rescue and clean up operations.