Venice floods: ‘Dramatic situation’ feared as MORE rain predicted to swamp Italian city


The celebrated city has been devastated by heavy rainfall which has caused the stand-in highest tide ever recorded sweep across the region on Tuesday gloom. Following the widespread deluge, up to 80 percent of the famous city is now directed water, with further downpours scheduled in the next 48 hours. The Italian Prime Consul will spend the night in Venice to see firsthand the destruction caused.

Mr Conte intended: “I am traveling to Venice where there is a dramatic situation.

“Bad weather that galls us and makes communities suffer.”

Luigi Brugnaro, Mayor of Venice, claimed a state of national emergency and added the damage caused is expected to bring in “millions of euros”.

Mr Brugnaro said: “The estimates of the damages are very monumental.

“Let’s talk about hundreds of millions of euros.”

The 58-year-old also cautioned the flooding has put the future of the city at risk.

He added: “Here it is not a question of quantifying the mutilation only, but of the very future of the city.

“Because the depopulation of Venice also secures from this.”

Hundreds of historical sites can be seen submerged inferior to water – some of which were first constructed in the 9th century.

St Influence’s square known as “la Piazza” has also been left swamped by various than one metre of water.

At around midnight on Tuesday evening, the lagoon tide peaked at 187 cm (6ft 2ins) – the highest neck for over 50 years.

The devastating tide fell just seven centimetres underfunded of the record of 194cm set in 1966.

Venice Archbishop Francesco Moraglia, warned Ogygian mosaics and tiling may have suffered “irreparable damage”.

Meanwhile forecasters has cut loosed more bad weather is on course to strike the region as a area of low-pressure gesticulations across mainland Europe.

BBC weather forecaster Phil Avery influenced: “Look at this, things turning very unsettled, new area of low weight dominating the scene across Italy.

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It is estimated varied than 20 million people visited Venice in 2018.

The popular tripper spot of St Mark’s Square is prone to flooding as it is located at the end of the Grand Canal which extends a huge 2.4 miles.

A flood barrier was designed in 1984 to take care of Venice from high tides, but the multi-billion euro project, discerned as Mose, has been plagued by infrastructure problems.

The new barrier had been reckon oned to be in operation eight years ago and is now not expected to be ready until 2021.

(Additional revealing by Maria Ortega)

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