COLD WEATHER AND ENERGY SUPPLIES
The cold weather is affecting most of Italy and creating difficulties concerning energy supplies. Russia, the most important supplier, has been reducing the provision of gas up to 30% due to increasing demand in their area. Italy has managed to organise supplies from North Africa and Austria; however, nobody seems to be quite certain about the outcome.http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0f5b6d10-50e9-11e1-939d-00144feabdc0.html...This cold spell is lasting very long and it looks, from the weather reports, as if it is going to continue for a few days and some temperatures may even drop. I mainly keep an eye on Bagni di Lucca, for obvious reasons, but I also correspond with people in other areas.Only a few days ago, a Sri Lankan man was found dead in a shack in Lucca. He had lost his job, was an illegal immigrant and had nowhere to go. His family was staying in Bagni di Lucca and I do hope that the generous people from the area will look after them.http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/16570-lankan-found-dead-due-to-cold-weath...It looks as if Arezzo and Sienna have been left without power and I am sure that other areas will also be affected.Let's hope that the weather will improve. Those magical winter landscapes with snow look beautiful, but they can also be deadly.