Floods that killed several people in Italy's northern Emilia-Romagna have caused billions of euros worth of damage, the regional governor said on Thursday.
Torrential rains this week devastated the east of the region causing more than 20 rivers to overflow.
There have been hundreds of landslides and roads have been damaged and destroyed.
Stefano Bonaccini, president of the Emilia-Romagna region, said: "The scale of the devastation caused by the bad weather is like another earthquake."
Agriculture has been hit hard, with more than 5,000 farms left under water.
Some 10,000 people have been forced out of their homes, and many of those who remained were left with no electricity.
It was the second time this month that Emilia-Romagna has been battered by bad weather.
Heavy rains followed months of drought which had dried out the land.
Italy's agriculture minister has said the government would not turn local industry quote "into a desert" by imposing tough CO2-reduction curbs.
But he acknowledged that the drought was caused by climate change and said the country had to adapt.