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Flooding threatens Venice and its treasures

Updated : 2019-11-17 14:43:59

Severe flooding in Venice is threatening the Italian city famed for its canals and architecture. Tourist favourites like St. Mark’s Square have been deluged since Tuesday, when Venice was hit with its worst flooding in 50 years. Water levels reached nearly 1.9 meters above sea level.

Tourists push their luggage in a flooded St. Mark's Square, in Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists push their luggage in a flooded St. Mark's Square, in Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
People wade through water in a flooded Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
People wade through water in a flooded Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A photographer takes pictures in a flooded St. Mark's Square. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A photographer takes pictures in a flooded St. Mark's Square. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists take pictures in a flooded St. Mark's Square. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists take pictures in a flooded St. Mark's Square. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A stranded ferry boat lies on its side, in Venice. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)
A stranded ferry boat lies on its side, in Venice. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)
A woman wearing a bride dress poses for an early morning picture in St. Mark's Square in Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A woman wearing a bride dress poses for an early morning picture in St. Mark's Square in Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists carry their luggage as they wade through water on the occasion of a high tide, in a flooded Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists carry their luggage as they wade through water on the occasion of a high tide, in a flooded Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
People walk on a catwalk set up on the occasion of high tide, in a flooded Venice, Italy. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
People walk on a catwalk set up on the occasion of high tide, in a flooded Venice, Italy. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A woman sits in a chair in a flooded St. Mark's Square, in Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A woman sits in a chair in a flooded St. Mark's Square, in Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Banksy's migrant child mural is partially submerged in Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Banksy's migrant child mural is partially submerged in Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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