British tourists have been advised to avoid certain areas in the Emilia-Romagna area of Italy following severe flooding in the region.
Rising waters have forced over 36,000 people from their homes while 14 people were killed in the region.
The UK Government warned: “Severe flooding is currently affecting the region of Emilia-Romagna, including Bologna, Forli-Cesena and Ravenna.
“It is advised to stay away from riverbanks and green areas affected by flooding. Traffic, including between Bologna and Rimini, is likely to be affected.”
The Government advised tourists to check for information with their tour operator or accommodation provider before travelling.
The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was cancelled following the heavy rainfall with drivers sending messages of support to the region.
Jonathan Frankham, general manager at World Nomads travel insurance, said: “For Brits travelling to or around the region impacted by floods, we’d strongly recommend keeping up to date with the FCDO advisories and be prepared to adjust your plans.
“That said, with the F1 now cancelled and many flights being subject to cancellation, it’s likely that some travel plans may be affected.”
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Jonathan said that British tourists should contact their airline or travel provider if they need to change their plans.
He added: “When it comes to insurance, we’d like to stress that since this has happened outside of anyone’s control, you may be able to reclaim costs if you incur trip disruption as a result, but it depends on the type of travel insurance policy purchased.”
World Nomads advises tourists to avoid downed power lists and use battery powered torches instead of candles or gas lanterns.
Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, left this year’s G7 summit in Japan early to deal with the emergency.
The floods are expected to have caused billions of pounds worth of damage, hitting agriculture particularly hard.
Tourists should follow the advice of local authorities and stay away from damaged buildings, trees or roads.
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