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World Venice paralyzed by the worst flooding in half a century

21:55  14 november  2019
21:55  14 november  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

Venice Beach littered with needles and other medical supplies that washed up onshore

  Venice Beach littered with needles and other medical supplies that washed up onshore Lifeguards say the area has been cordoned off and Los Angeles Public Health has been notified.Lifeguards found a "large amount" of medical supplies around 11:30 a.m. PST along the beach south of the Venice Beach Pier, according to tweets from the Lifeguard Division of the LA Fire Department.

Venice, Italy — Residents in the picturesque Italian city of Venice are used to the canals inching higher every year around this time. But this year has brought the worst flooding in half a century, and the second-worst since record-keeping began.

a group of people standing in front of a building: ITALY-WEATHER-VENICE© GETTY ITALY-WEATHER-VENICE

Venice sits on a tidal lagoon, just above sea level, so the city's squares and streets often get wet at high tide. This week, though, the water peaked more than six feet above the usual level, and at least one death has been blamed on the flooding already.

Venice flooding nearly touches level of infamous 1966 flood

  Venice flooding nearly touches level of infamous 1966 flood The mayor of Venice blamed climate change for flooding of the historic canal city that hit the second-highest levels ever, as the city braced for yet another wave on Wednesday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The high-water mark hit 187 centimeters (74 inches) late Tuesday, meaning more than 85% of the city was flooded. The highest level ever recorded was 198 centimeters (78 inches) during infamous flooding in 1966.

a person walking across a bridge over water: The gates that could save Venice © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The gates that could save Venice

CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reports that 85% of Venice has been flooded by this year's "acqua alta," or "high water."

When your city is built on a lagoon, water is a fact of life. But Venetians have told Williams that what they're seeing this year is not normal. The mayor has called it "apocalyptic."

Moon Najmul, standing in near-chest-high water in her souvenir shop, told Williams that all of her family's five stores were flooded.

The luxurious furnishings of the Gritti Palace, a hotel for the wealthy and famous, were left sodden and destroyed.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, in front of St. Mark's Basilica, on November 14, 2019.© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, in front of St. Mark's Basilica, on November 14, 2019.

In a city that earns a living from its gorgeous views and the tens of millions of tourists who come to see them every year, the inundation is a disaster.

Flooded Venice had tourists taking selfies and residents in tears

  Flooded Venice had tourists taking selfies and residents in tears There’s a sense that life in one of the world’s most improbable and spellbinding cities is becoming unviable. “The reaction is to cry,” said Flavia Feletti, 77, who has lived in Venice for six decades. “I am afraid there is no solution. When I went out the day after the flooding, I met a kind of funeral in the city.” Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_92a36127-9669-49ac-b516-8fa4fa9812c8").all(); }); Venice has thrived since the 5th century by taming the water all around it.

The iconic St. Mark's Square has been a tourist attraction for more than 300 years. This week it was submerged in water so deep that one man was seen using the famous piazza as a swimming pool.

It has been a perfect storm of high winds, a flood, and a city that sits only four or five feet above sea level. But experts and some government officials say what's making things worse in Venice is climate change and rising sea levels.

"This is the result of climate change," Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said bluntly on Twitter.

St. Mark's Basilica, a structure that dates back around 1,000 years, has been flooded just six times in its history — twice in the last two years.

The flooding has caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to a jewel of a city so precious that it has long been designated an official World Heritage Site.

Venice has been building new flood barriers since 2003. They are still not finished, and some experts fear even if they were, they won't be sufficient to solve the problem as the sea outside the Venetian Lagoon gets higher.

Ancient basilica on lagoon island hard hit in Venice flood .
MILAN (AP) — One of the most ancient churches of Venice, a Byzantine basilica established in the year 639, counts among the 60 churches damaged in three exceptional floods last week. A spokesman for the Venice patriarchy said Tuesday that the ancient basilica flooded three times last week, with the lagoon salt water seeping into mosaic floors and the marble columns. A spokesman for the Venice patriarchy said Tuesday that the ancient basilica flooded three times last week, with the lagoon salt water seeping into mosaic floors and the marble columns.

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