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Capri lifts ban on tourists after resolving problems with water supply

The Italian island of Capri has lifted a ban on tourists after problems with the water supply to the holiday hotspot were resolved.

The ban had been announced early on Saturday, forcing several morning ferries from Naples and Sorrento to return to port.

On Saturday evening, however, the island’s mayor Paolo Falco said the ban had been “revoked” after a technical issue preventing the arrival of water from the mainland had been fixed.

Earlier, he had described the ban as a response to a “real emergency”, saying local tanks were “running out” of water.

“The emergency would be worsened by the arrival of the thousands of tourists who arrive on Capri daily,” he had said.

Locals had not been targeted by the ban and were allowed to collect up to 25 litres of drinking water a household from a supply tanker.

Capri, in the Bay of Naples, is famed for its white villas, cove-studded coastline and upmarket hotels. It has about 13,000 permanent residents but attracts a huge number of day-trippers during the summer.

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