VENICE DELUGED BY RECORD HIGH TIDE
Saint Mark’s Square in the Italian city of Venice is submerged by more than one metre of water, while the adjacent Saint Mark’s Basilica has been flooded for only the sixth time in 1,200 years
– but the fourth in the past 20. Venice’s mayor yesterday called the city a disaster zone after
the second-highest tide recorded swept through it overnight, flooding historic buildings and leaving many squares and alleyways deep under water. City officials said the tide peaked at 187cm at 10.50pm on Tuesday, just short of the record 194cm set in 1966.
Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said the situation was dramatic. ‘We ask the government to help us. The cost will be high. This is the result of climate change,’ he wrote on Twitter. He said he would declare a disaster zone and ask the government to call a state of emergency, which would allow funds to be freed to address the damage. Mr Brugnaro said the basilica had suffered ‘grave damage’, but no details were available on the state of its mainly Byzantine interior, famous for its rich mosaics. Further bad weather is forecast for the coming days