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Sardinia: thousands displaced by Cyclone Cleopatra's torrential rains

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Sardinia: thousands displaced by Cyclone Cleopatra's torrential rains

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In the Sardinian town of Olbia – one of the areas hardest-hit by the torrential rainfall generated by Cyclone Cleopatra – municipal authorities are focused on helping residents return to their homes.

Gianfranco Galaffu of Olbia’s prefecture told euronews: “As of this morning 4,000-5,000 people were displaced.”

“Now the issue is to make sure that people can return to their homes from hotels or the homes of relatives and friends. Everybody’s helping us – volunteers from the other provinces, people from public institutions, state, and regional centre. Everybody’s here in force,” Galuffu continued.

The Italian government, which described the cyclone as a “national tragedy”, announced 20 million euros of emergency funding to help Sardinia recover.