Rome mayor criticized after floods evacuating nursery school
The mayor of Rome came under fire after the floods in the Italian capital.
Fire teams carried out 150 interventions across the city on Tuesday, including to rescue people trapped in cars.
According to some local politicians, up to 80mm of rain fell in less than two hours.
In the city’s Corso Francia district, 40 children and six teachers were evacuated from a flooded nursery school, authorities said. Local media reported that children and adults were taken safely to a nearby hotel for accommodation.
A number of restaurateurs reported that their terraces had been affected by flood waters and that several vehicles could be seen submerged right down to their headlights. Many of the city’s transport networks were also affected. A disabled man was also rescued from a flooded car that broke down near San Paolo station, the carabinieri said.
Local politicians have blamed Mayor Virginia Raggi and the Five Star Movement (M5S), saying the flooding should not have caused as much of a problem as it did.
“The mayor must explain what is happening in Rome,” tweeted Carlo Calenda, leader of the Azione party and mayoral candidate.
“If we continue not to keep the manholes clean, we risk having to take the Venice Mose,” said center-left candidate Roberto Gualtieri, referring to the city’s flood defense system. northeast.
Luciano Nobili, Member of Parliament for Italia Viva, also said it was “unacceptable” that the town was “completely flooded” after the rains and that the children had to be evacuated from a nursery school.
“Every time a simple storm in Rome turns into a waterspout, enough Raggi, enough,” Nobili tweeted.
A local infrastructure adviser defended the mayor and the city administration, calling the storm “extraordinary”.
“It was an exceptional event, a ‘water bomb’ that hit northern Rome,” Councilor Linda Meleo told Facebook, adding that the city would soon launch two maintenance contracts worth $ 5 million. euros to help with the cleaning effort.