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Worst Drought in 70 Years Threatens Northern Italy’s Food, Power

Hydroelectric reservoir levels are at historic lows and towns are bracing for shortages of drinking water.

Boats on the exposed bed of the Po in Calto, Italy, on June 17.

Boats on the exposed bed of the Po in Calto, Italy, on June 17.

Photographer: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

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Italy is in the depths of one of its worst droughts, with the country’s largest river, the Po, hitting its lowest level in 70 years, threatening crops and raising the specter of power outages.