Sardinia has started the long process of recovery after being hit by Cyclone Cleopatra.
The storm brought 45 centimetres of rainfall in just 90 minutes in the early hours of Tuesday, November 19.
At least 16 people were killed and the flooding destroyed the homes of thousands more.
Geologist Paolo Messina at Rome’s Centre for National Research told euronews why he thought the level of destruction was so high:
“Sardinia is one of the regions that has been seriously neglected. The main problem is how the territory has been maintained. Riverbeds should be kept clean, for example. Also, building on high-risk areas should be forbidden. The fact that all this hasn’t been done properly has led us to this situation,” Messina explained.
“The local administrations and politicians bear responsibility for this – because scientific institutions such as the Centre for National Research have made many proposals warning about the hydrological situation of the Italian territory. But very little was done,” Messina continued.
The Italian government has pledged 20 million euros of funding to help the island recover.