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

Venice on 'code red' as city sees worst flooding since 2012

Venice on 'code red' as city sees worst flooding since 2012

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.

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