Portions of the Italian city of Venice were flooded with water after the city’s highest tide recorded in more than 50 years. The water peaked at 1.87 meters, according to the Tide Monitoring Center, a record that has only been broken once since measurements began.
In the photos released, the popular tourist sites can be seen completely flooded, and people are trying to make their way through the flooded city, which has been severely hit by the storm. A number of businesses were hit by flooding, chairs and tables were observed floating outside restaurants, and in stores, passersby tried to keep the stock and goods out of the water that flooded the business to try to prevent further damage.
St. Mark’s Square, one of the lowest places in the city, is one of the hardest-hit areas, and St. Mark’s Basilica has been flooded for the sixth time in 1200 years.
According to Fira Paulo Campustriani city council, four of the severe floods have occurred in the last 20 years.
Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said he intended to declare a “disaster situation” and that there was a concern that flood damage would leave a permanent imprint on the city. “The situation is dramatic. We are asking the government to help us. The cost will be high. This is the result of climate change,” he wrote in his Twitter account.
At a Venice festival last September, hundreds of protesters called for action to curb the climate crisis and ban cruise ships from entering the city.
As the red carpet marched on Brad Pitt and Scarlett Johansson, the protesters carried signs saying: “Our home is on fire.” The climate crisis is leading to a rise in sea level, and if the expected trend continues in the coming century – Venice, which suffers from such a 2-millimeter sunset process a year, may find itself flooded.
A study published in recent years has even warned that unless global warming causes sea level rise, Venice will sink within 100 years, along with five other areas of the Adriatic coast.