Venice: Venice has been experiencing the worst flood since 1966. The city was hit by an exceptional high tide on Tuesday night which peaked to 73.6 inches. More than 80 percent of the city was under water when the tides were at their highest.
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Venice Mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, mentioned it to be a result of climate change and declared a state of emergency. Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, said that the government would act quickly to provide funds and resources.
St Mark’s Square, one of the lowest parts of the city, was one of the worst hit areas. Two people died on the island of Pellestrina because of the flooding on a thin strip of land that separates the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea.
The Saint Mark’s Basilica was also flooded and set fears that the priceless artwork inside might damage. Venice Archbishop, Francesco Moraglia, said that the Basilica is suffering from structural damage because the water has risen and it is causing irreparable damage.