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Number of regions in northern Italy declared last week to be in a state of emergency because of severe drought. The five provinces—Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Lombardy, Piedmont, and Emilia-Romagna—will get $38 million in immediate relief funds. The Po River (Italy’s largest) is down 30%, with devastating impacts on rice, vegetable, and wheat crops, as well as vineyards.

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