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World News: Italy declares state of emergency as drought strikes northern region Updated: 2022-07-05 09:54:04 KST

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In Italy the government has declared a state of emergency as a drought has hit the country.The measure announced on Monday comes as Italy's longest river has seen its lowest water levels in over 70 years.
The 650 kilometer-long River Po, which runs across the north of the country, accounts for around one third of Italy's agricultural production.
But due to the low water levels, sea water has begun seeping inland, damaging crops.
The emergency declarations have been assigned to five regions where the drought is at its worst, while some cities and towns have already implemented water use restrictions.
Meanwhile in central Italy, Rome s Tiber River is becoming increasingly shallow.
According to a state-run research body, over the past 30 years Italy has received only half the average rainfall.

U.S. officials looking into a shooting incident in the West Bank in May that killed veteran Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh have said that the bullet that killed her was likely fired by the Israeli military.
However, due to the damaged nature of the bullet, the independent, third-party examiners were unable to make a full determination.
They added that there is (quote) "no reason to believe" she was targeted.
Palestinian officials have since criticized the report, saying she was deliberately targeted.
Israel has denied the claims and instead responded that it will continue with its own investigation into the matter.
The report comes as the Palestinian-American correspondent was killed while covering an Israeli military raid on May 11th in the occupied West Bank.

Rescue operations continue following an avalanche in the Italian Alps on Sunday that killed at least seven people.
Another 8 people were seriously injured and 14 remain unaccounted for.
Helicopters and search teams equipped with drones are still looking for the missing climbers, but have been hindered by thunderstorms.
So far three of the victims have been identified as Italian, whilst authorities work to identify the rest.
The disaster comes as high temperatures have caused the Marmolada glacier, where the avalanche occurred, to shrink in recent years.

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut has clinched his 7th consecutive win at Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
The traditional Independence Day event on New York's Coney Island took place on Monday and saw Chestnut consume 63 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
Also known as Jaws , he hold 50 world records in eating competitions, and has now won this event 15 times in total.
Meanwhile in the women's division, 2020 winner Miki Sudo made a comeback to reclaim her title, eating 40 hot dogs and buns.
However, not everyone was happy with the contest, as a protester wearing a Darth Vader mask bumped Chestnut out of position as he was eating his 18th hot dog, but Chestnut managed to pull them to the ground before continuing.

Matthew Ashley, Arirang News.
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