Picture of the Week: Venice suffers worst flood in half a century

17th November, 2019
St Mark’s Square was inundated by the highest tide in 50 years last Tuesday night, beaching gondolas, damaging hotels and sending tourists fleeing through rapidly rising waters Pic: Getty

VeVenice suffered its second-highest tide on record last week, threatening its fragile lagoon and Renaissance buildings, as mayor Luigi Brugnaro declared a state of emergency and said climate change is menacing the historic maritime city.

The flood waters, peaking at 187 centimetres above their benchmark and the highest since 1966, will have a lasting impact on the city, Brugnaro warned.

“These are the effects of climate change,” he said in a Twitter post.

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