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Alarming floods in Venice

Venice was inundated by the second-highest levels of flooding ever recorded. More than 85 percent of the city was flooded, with water overtaking the St. Mark's Basilica, raising new concerns over damage to the mosaics and other artworks.

Officials have recorded maximum water heights of 1.87 metres, just seven centimetres short of its highest recorded tide in history."Venice is on its knees," Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said. "St. Mark's Basilica has sustained serious damage like the entire city and its islands." The electrical system at La Fenice theater was deactivated after waters entered the service area. A short circuit occurred producing a blaze at the Ca' Pesaro modern art gallery. Declaring a disaster zone and calling for a state of emergency was taken in consideration. Cafes, stores, and other businesses were inundated by high water and nursery schools were closed as a precaution.

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Many hotels losed electricity.Visitors in Venice were forced to make their way along temporary platforms above the floodwaters. Officials have taken steps to ensure they are safe. Some tourist attractions are still open, including the Ducal Palace and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Venezia.

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