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Venice suffers worst flooding in 50 years or so, the mayor is the fault of climate change

The water taxi is moored in the vicinity of a sunken Venetian-style courtyard, the second-highest tide in the history of the city. (Credit: Stefano Mazzola/Awareness/Getty)

Venice is in a state of emergency as the Italian city with the after-effects of the worst floods in its history.

Late on Tuesday, Nov. 12), the high tides of the surrounding lagoon, has increased in the more than 100 islands that make up Venice, flooding, and 85% of the city, and the damage to the artwork, and the many historical sites, the city Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted. The photos and videos posted on social media shows the intense tide turning lanes into the fast-flowing rivers, and shipwreck, large, water-taxis, public plazas, and water of the city’s most iconic and historic landmarks such as the St. Mark’s Basilica, was completed in 1092.

According to the local tide monitoring center, the water levels of the flood and starts to 6.1 feet (1.87 m) last night, the highest of the water for more than 50 years, and is the second-highest ever recorded in Venice, italy. (The tide is reached at 6.3 feet, or 1.94 (m, in, November, 1966.)

Venice has been prone to some flooding or aqua alta, as it is regionally known, and each year, as the high level of water mixing with the heavy rain and strong winds. However, Brugnaro noticed yesterday that intense wave was an extreme case, and it will almost certainly be linked to the increasingly powerful storms fueled by the warming of the earth.

“These are the consequences of climate change,” Brugnaro tweeted. “The cost will be very high.”

Out of the 10 highest tides in Venice, since the tracking began in 1923, five of which have occurred in the last 20 years, including the current floods, and one each in 2018, BBC meteorologist, Who Berry, have been reported. These two events were tied to a strong storm blowing northeastward to the other side of the Adriatic Sea, Venice is located on the northern coast), in part due to the changing patterns of the jet stream. This is a jet-stream patterns are likely to continue, leading to more frequent and intense storms, and climate change, as well, chuck Berry wrote it.

That puts Venice to sink at a rate of a few millimetres per year at the sole risk of the annual loss as it. To get this effect is to limit the damage, the Italian government has been developing a series of barriers and locks, also known as the Mose Project, since the mid-1980’s. The project, which was tested for the first time in 2013, has cost billions of dollars and can be ready for implementation in 2021, the BBC reported.

Two people have been reported dead from flood-related accidents since Tuesday. A man who, at Pellestrina, one of the many islands in the Venetian lagoon, has passed away at the electrical shock during the start up of a pump in the house. Another man was reported dead in his home in an unrelated incident.

St. Mark’s Basilica, the city’s iconic cathedral is in Venice, in the centre of the piazza was flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years, four of which are floods that have occurred over the past 20 years, The Guardian reported. According to the Brugnaro, the landmark has suffered a “serious injury” to the columns, and in the beginning, it was fully engulfed. Water is shown, generated by the city, with its many shops, hotels and places of interest.

More “very, very high tides and flooding are expected throughout the week, the’ Venice of the back of the office, he said.

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Originally published on Live Science.

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