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In Pictures: Venice devastated by second highest tide in history

Updated : 2019-11-13 16:22:50

Venice's mayor called the city a disaster zone on Wednesday after the second highest tide ever recorded swept through it overnight, flooding its historic basilica and leaving many squares and alleyways deep under water. Much of Italy has been pummelled by torrential rains in recent days, with widespread flooding, especially in the southern heel and toe of the country.

Gondolas transported by the water after a night of record-high water levels are pictured in Venice. Venice's mayor called the city a disaster zone on Wednesday after the second-highest tide ever recorded swept through it overnight, flooding its historic basilica and leaving many squares and alleyways deep underwater. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
Gondolas transported by the water after a night of record-high water levels are pictured in Venice. Venice's mayor called the city a disaster zone on Wednesday after the second-highest tide ever recorded swept through it overnight, flooding its historic basilica and leaving many squares and alleyways deep underwater. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
A man stands in the water at the flooded St Mark's Square during exceptionally high water levels in Venice. City officials said the tide peaked at 187 cm (6ft 2ins) at 10.50 pm on Tuesday, just short of the record 194 cm set in 1966. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
A man stands in the water at the flooded St Mark's Square during exceptionally high water levels in Venice. City officials said the tide peaked at 187 cm (6ft 2ins) at 10.50 pm on Tuesday, just short of the record 194 cm set in 1966. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
The Mayor of Venice Luigi Brugnaro walks on St Mark's Square during an exceptionally high water level in Venice. Saint Mark's Square was submerged by more than one metre of water, while the adjacent Saint Mark's Basilica was flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years - but the fourth in the last 20.  REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
The Mayor of Venice Luigi Brugnaro walks on St Mark's Square during an exceptionally high water level in Venice. Saint Mark's Square was submerged by more than one metre of water, while the adjacent Saint Mark's Basilica was flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years - but the fourth in the last 20.  REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
A flood barrier was designed in 1984 to protect Venice from the kind of high tides that hit the city on Tuesday, but the multi-billion euro project, known as Mose, has been plagued by corruption scandals and is still not operative. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
A flood barrier was designed in 1984 to protect Venice from the kind of high tides that hit the city on Tuesday, but the multi-billion euro project, known as Mose, has been plagued by corruption scandals and is still not operative. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
The flooded crypt of St Mark's Basilica is pictured during an exceptionally high water level in Venice. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
The flooded crypt of St Mark's Basilica is pictured during an exceptionally high water level in Venice. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
Much of Italy has been pummelled by torrential rains in recent days, with widespread flooding, especially in the southern heel and toe of the country. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
Much of Italy has been pummelled by torrential rains in recent days, with widespread flooding, especially in the southern heel and toe of the country. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
Further bad weather is forecast for the coming days. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
Further bad weather is forecast for the coming days. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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