The worst flooding in Venice

Recently, Italy’s famous “water city” Venice suffered heavy rain and bad weather, causing high tide. Because of the heavy rain day after day, the beautiful water city fell into the tide, many famous historic sites were flooded. About half of the local streets and buildings are flooded, and kindergartens are closed, forcing people to wade. As of the evening of the 12th, the highest water level had reached 1.87M, second only to 1.94m when the flood hit in 1966, according to the municipal government of Venice.
Venice’s historic center was badly affected. San Marco Square, located in the center of Venice, is flooded with water for more than 1 meter. Many historic buildings such as San Marco cathedral and Phoenix opera house are flooded. It is reported that St. Mark’s Cathedral has been flooded six times in the past 1200 years, four times in the last 20 years. Venice mayor Luigi bruniaro says bad weather is a result of climate change. “We are facing a higher tide than expected, Venice will enter a state of emergency.”. “The damage caused by the flood to Venice is incalculable,” said Luca Zaya, President of Veneto Bruniaro said he has sought financial assistance from the Italian government because of the “high cost of restoring ancient buildings.”. The meteorological department predicts that the Venice area will still face continuous rainfall in the next few days.
Venice is located in the lagoon area, which has suffered many floods in history. With the rising sea level in recent years, the risk of flooding in the city has increased. Since 2003, Venice has started to build a flood control system called mose, which is to build a flood control barrier or sluice on the seabed to resist floods when sea level rises or winter storms come. According to Italian media reports, the project has cost billions of euros, the first test of the flood control system was carried out in 2013, and delivery is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
According to ansa news agency, the flood caused serious damage to about 60 ships and killed two residents of the Venetian island of pelestina. One of them, a 78 year old man, was electrocuted when he tried to restart a flooded pump in his house. Another cause of death is under investigation.
But it’s not just Venice that has had such bad weather. Recently, heavy rain and snow swept across Italy. At present, more than ten regions have issued orange and yellow severe weather warnings, while Calabria, Brasilia and Sicily in southern Italy have issued red severe weather warnings.
Heavy snowfall has caused serious traffic problems in mountainous areas of northern Italy, with 40 to 50 cm of snow falling at night in some areas. The ancient city of Matela in southern Italy, the “capital of European culture” in 2019, also suffered from torrential rain, which made the ancient streets muddy. The northern part of Sicily’s iolia islands has been isolated from the outside world for three days due to the impact of 6-7 waves and strong gusts. Italian rescue agencies have called on people to stay away from the river bank and the coast and to be alert and prevent being injured by trees.