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Rice Fields Dry Up as Italy's Drought Lingers on

Rice farmer Giovanni Daghetta handles a dewatering pump from a tractor to get water from a channel to a completely dried rice field, in Mortara, Lomellina area, Italy, Monday, June 27, 2022. The worst drought Italy has faced in 70 years is thirsting paddy fields in the river Po valley and jeopardizing the harvest of the premium rice used for risotto. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Rice farmer Giovanni Daghetta handles a dewatering pump from a tractor to get water from a channel to a completely dried rice field, in Mortara, Lomellina area, Italy, Monday, June 27, 2022. The worst drought Italy has faced in 70 years is thirsting paddy fields in the river Po valley and jeopardizing the harvest of the premium rice used for risotto. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Mortara, Italy (AP) -- The worst drought Italy has faced in 70 years is thirsting paddy fields in the river Po valley and jeopardizing the harvest of the premium rice used for risotto.

Italy's largest river is turning into a long stretch of sand due to the lack of rain, leaving the Lomellina rice flats — nestled between the river Po and the Alps — without the necessary water to flood the paddies.