Venice under water as severe storms hit Italy

Venice under water as severe storms hit Italy

Venice under water as severe storms hit Italy

Nearly 6,000 firefighters worked to clear trees and debris from roads across the country as Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte mobilized the National Guard to assist.

In southern Austria, authorities have deployed hundreds of mobile anti-flooding dams as rivers burst their banks, while in the city of Salzburg a roof section from the mediaeval ramparts flew off in high winds.

Two young people died south of Rome when a tree hit the vehicle they were traveling in, while another person was killed and several injured in the nearby town of Terracina after winds brought down several pine trees.

High winds toppled trees that killed passers-by in four incidents in Naples, Lazio and Liguria.

At least seven people have died in Italy after strong winds and heavy rain hit much of the country and caused severe flooding in Venice.

Three-quarters of Venice, Italy was underwater on Monday as a storm brought a historic flood to the city.

The agency on Tuesday declared the highest level of alert on several regions, mainly in the North, where storms were expected to continue all day. After barriers placed across doorways failed to hold back the rising tide, shopkeepers and restaurant owners used buckets in an attempt to remove water. Water levels were forecast Tuesday at 110 centimeters (43.3 inches), flooding 12 percent of the famed lagoon city.

The worst flooding in modern times for Venice was a 194-centimetre high tide in November 1966, when floods also devastated Florence.

The victims also included a woman who was buried by mud when a landslide invaded her home near Trento in northern Italy and a man who was slammed against rocks while wind surfing in Emilia-Romagna.

Much of Italy is under flooding alerts due to heavy rains and officials are warning residents to stay indoors as unsafe winds pose a threat to safety.

Dozens of trees were reported uprooted across Rome and many parks and tourist sites were closed, including the Roman Forum and Colosseum.

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