Nine dead in Italy as severe weather leaves Venice engulfed in water

01 November, 2018, 01:19 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Tourists wade under arches next to the flooded St Mark's Square

The national Civil Protection Agency issued multiple weather warnings as storms swept across of the country, Reuters reported.

As well as this, 75% of the city of Venice is said to be submerged in water.

In Italy, where Venice was inundated by near-record flooding and ferocious storms drove high winds reaching up to 180kmh, authorities announced a further six deaths, after confirming five people had died on Monday.

A total of twelve people have died, and dozens remain injured as firefighters continue to carry out rescue missions to save stranded victims.

Two people were killed in Terracina 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of Rome after a tornado swept through the town and caused a tree to fall on their vehicle, according to state broadcaster RAI.

In Venice, water transport services were halted as three quarters of the city-centre flooded to a height of 1.5 metres by early afternoon, the highest water level since 2012.


High winds also toppled trees that killed passers-by in four incidents in Naples, Lazio and Liguria. However, in case of exceptionally high sea levels, it might go in reverse. However, it got a little out of hand on Monday, with the 5 ft high tide levels.

"A strong low-pressure system is spinning through southern Europe, spreading heavy rain and strong winds across northern Italy", weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce said. After barriers placed across doorways failed to hold back the rising tide, shopkeepers and restaurant owners used buckets in an attempt to remove water.

The vast expanse of St. Mark's Square was transformed into a lake, and raised walkways were laid out in front of the Doge's Palace and in other parts of the city.

Much of the flooding has been blamed on lack of maintenance to the country's numerous river beds.

A man is also missing at sea off Calabria in the southwest, after his boat was discovered empty washed up on the rocks along the coast.

Officials also closed major tourist attractions, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

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