Venice under water as Italy hit by fierce wind and heavy rain

Marsha Scott
October 31, 2018

Tourists under arches next to the flooded St Mark's Square during a high-water (Acqua Alta) alert in Venice on October 29, 2018.

Genoa's airport is set to remain closed until 1300 GMT as authorities clear the runways of detritus carried by the heavy rains, wind and tides.

Italian News agency ANSA reported damage to the mosaic floors inside St. Mark's Basilica, where Monday's flood waters reached a peak of 90 centimeters (35 inches.) The bronze metal doors and columns also sustained damage in what was the fifth most serious flood in the church's 924-year history.

The water bus system has been closed by transport officials due to the emergency although it will still run to outlying islands.

Italy's canal-ringed city of Venice was swamped by flooding as heavy rainfall pushed the water levels to near record levels on Monday.

Speaking on Monday, Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said a series of underwater barriers would have prevented the rising water levels.

The city, famous for its canals and gondolas and attractive palaces and churches, is frequently overwhelmed by water in the period from October to December, but Monday's flooding was particularly heavy.

At least nine people have been killed and four were seriously injured as severe storms battered northern Italy.

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That project, dubbed 'Moses, ' has been long delayed, with cost overruns and corruption scandals to blame. If the tide levels are verified, the reading will be the highest since December 1979.

Shops owners were pictured on social media using water pumps to protect their livelihoods.

Authorities Tuesday reported a woman died when her home was engulfed by a mudslide in the northern region of Trentino, a man was killed in the northeastern region of Veneto by a falling tree, and a firefighter died during relief operations in South Tyrol.

Much of Italy is under alert for flooding from heavy rains, a problem exacerbated by a lack of maintenance on river beds. That happens four times a year in Venice on average.

Tourists and locals are donning high boots to navigate the streets.

Meteorologists are warning that the bad weather will continue.

The Interior Ministry urged officials in storm-struck regions, about half of the country, to consider closing schools and offices for a second day Tuesday.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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