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Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix Cancelled Amid Serious Flooding In Italy

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Officials say that five people have died

This weekend's Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix has been cancelled, Formula 1 chiefs have confirmed.

Imola, where the race was due to take place, has suffered deadly flooding this weeke and a red weather warning was issued on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Officials say that five people have died and as many as 5,000 people have been evacuated.

Rivers which have been swollen by days of flooding have burst their banks, encompassing nearby towns and cities such as Imola.

F1 chiefs released a statement on Wednesday afternoon:"The decision has been taken because it is not possible to safely hold the event for our fans, the teams and our personnel and it is the right and responsible thing to do given the situation faced by the towns and cities in the region.

"It would not be right to put further pressure on the local authorities and emergency services at this difficult time."

 

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