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Italy's drought-hit farmers face sea water threat

The worst drought in 70 years has meant salt water from the Adriatic sea is flowing back into the sluggish Po, Italy's longest river, doing further damage to crops hit by an early summer heatwave.

The flow of sea water into the Po makes irrigation almost impossible in parts of Italy's agricultural heartland, as it risks burning the already parched crops.

Some four kilometres from where the Po meets the sea in the small village of Scardovari in northeast Italy, waves crash through the anti-salt barriers and push downstream.

Credit: Reuters

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