Major floods in Venice force evacuation of St Mark's Square

Major floods in Venice force evacuation of St Mark's Square

Major floods in Venice force evacuation of St Mark's Square

Tourists and residents of Venice donned high boots to navigate the city streets after strong winds raised the water level over 5 feet before receding.

Two people were killed when a tree fell on their vehicle not far from Rome, and a young man in the Naples region also died after being hit by a falling tree, according to authorities.

Road were blocked and thousands of people were left without power in southern and central Europe, as rains and violent winds sparked flooding, tore trees from their roots and whipped debris into the air. In Savona, an elderly woman died after a tornado lashed the northwestern province.

The extreme weather, which began on Sunday, has caused widespread disruption throughout the country.

Falling trees also killed a man in the city of Terracina, south of the capital, and another in the Naples region.

The storm has also forced officials to close major tourist attractions in Rome, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum, as well as the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.

Scientists have conceived various ways of warding off the waters since a dramatic 1966 flood, and a system of moveable flood barriers called MOSE is being installed after years of rows.




Yet this was not the "high water mark" of the city's current flooding crisis.

The waters have only topped 150 centimetres five times before in recorded history.

At least eight people were killed and the national Civil Protection Agency issued multiple weather warnings, with many local authorities shutting schools and urging people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said a series of underwater barriers that are being erected in the lagoon would have prevented the inundation.

Warnings for severe weather continued in several parts of Italy on yesterday, October 30. The water from the lagoon runs into the St Mark's Square.

Luca Zaia, head of the Veneto region, said the situation could be worse than when huge floods struck in 2010.

Recommended News

  • Prince Harry just revealed his ADORABLE nickname for his and Meghan's baby

    Prince Harry just revealed his ADORABLE nickname for his and Meghan's baby

    Speaking to the Sunday Times newspaper, the source said: "If you have one private office trying to manage both, things get hard ". Before he addressed the audience in NZ, Harry had said that he wishes a little princess is on her way.
    Dodgers bench Bellinger for elimination game vs Red Sox

    Dodgers bench Bellinger for elimination game vs Red Sox

    He became the first to pitch into the eighth inning of a Series game on one day of rest since the Yankees' Bob Turley in 1957. How do we explain baseball? He has now won his last two post-season starts, after leading Boston past Los Angeles in Game 2.
    IBM to Acquire Red Hat in Huge Tech Deal

    IBM to Acquire Red Hat in Huge Tech Deal

    The boards of both companies have approved the deal, though it is still subject to Red Hat shareholder approval, they said. Imagine Red Hat reaching all corners of the world, with even deeper customer and partner relationships than we have today.
  • China leads the way as world's billionaires get richer

    China leads the way as world's billionaires get richer

    Wealth transition from just five families accounted for 30 percent of the continent´s wealth expansion, the study said. These mega-rich increased their wealth by a $1.4 trillion which is more than the entire GDP of Spain or Australia.
    Supreme Court's Verdict On CBI Tussle: All You Need To Know

    Supreme Court's Verdict On CBI Tussle: All You Need To Know

    Earlier, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that Gandhi and other leaders were arrested from the CBI headquarters. Senior Advocate Fali Nariman is appearing for Alok Verma , while Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave will represent Common Cause.
    Glenn Hoddle ‘seriously ill’ after collapsing at BT Sport studios

    Glenn Hoddle ‘seriously ill’ after collapsing at BT Sport studios

    BT Sport presenter Mark Pougatch said: "You will understand why there's no BT Sport Score this afternoon". He went on to marry Vanessa Colbourn in 2000, but split from her in 2015.
  • Jatwan Craig Cuffie Is Butler High School Shooting Suspect

    Jatwan Craig Cuffie Is Butler High School Shooting Suspect

    Officials say they believe the shooting 'to be an isolated incident, ' and that the secene was secured by police. Cuffie, 16, was named as the suspect in a press conference with officials a few hours after the shooting.
    After Suspicious Packages, Trump Urges Civility While Blaming 'Fake News' Media

    After Suspicious Packages, Trump Urges Civility While Blaming 'Fake News' Media

    CNN reports: "It was not immediately clear who the package was addressed to, but CNN evacuated its newsroom as a precaution". Sayoc lives in Aventura, Florida, and investigators believe numerous packages were processed at a nearby mail facility.
    Russia accuses US of drone attack on its Syria base

    Russia accuses US of drone attack on its Syria base

    This was the first time Russian Federation has openly accused the USA of involvement in in the incident since the January attack. He added that Russian Federation downed seven of the drones and took control of six others through electronic warfare systems.
  • Donald Trump Plans Aggressive Campaign for Mid-term Elections

    Donald Trump Plans Aggressive Campaign for Mid-term Elections

    Since Labour Day, the president has addressed 19 rallies and 11 are left on his schedule, thus making 30 rallies after Labour Day. Monday, it was announced that Obama is scheduled to stump with Florida's two top-of-ticket candidates, Gillum and U.S.
    Mexico torn between stopping, aiding migrant caravan

    Mexico torn between stopping, aiding migrant caravan

    The Department of Homeland Security earlier reported that a large migrant caravan is moving towards the U.S. through Mexico . Thousands of migrants, a lot of them Honduran, are crossing Mexico on foot, headed toward the United States border.
    NASA found a ideal  iceberg shapes

    NASA found a ideal iceberg shapes

    Harbeck's October 16 flight is part of a five-week long deployment that is scheduled to end November 18. At the far left is the original geometric iceberg, with the massive A68 Iceberg in the background.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.