Milan Bans Private Vehicles To Fight Pollution

Drought causing increase in pollution, prompting ban on private vehicles.

Published: 15-Jan-2002

MILAN (Reuters) - More than a month of blue skies in often rainy and foggy northern Italy has pushed pollution to a critical level, prompting a ban on private vehicles in the financial capital Milan, and threatened farmers with drought.

In some areas, no rain has fallen in 80 days -- a sharp contrast from last year, when record rainfall flooded fields and made lakes burst their banks. Weather watchers said the region could be heading for its driest winter in decades.

Newspapers on Friday showed pictures of a dry Venice canal with boats sitting on the muddy bottom.

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