Venice in a state of emergency as mayor blames climate change for devastating floods
Venice is in a state of emergency after the Italian city suffered its second-highest tide on record leaves the majority of the city flooded.
Iconic landmarks such as Saint Mark’s Square and Saint Mark’s Basilica are currently underwater as Mayor Luigi Brugnaro confirmed that tide from Monday evening hit 187cm—a figure which falls second to the devastatingly high point of 194cm set in 1966.
While local schools, cafes and restaurants remain closed, the current flood marks just sixth time in 1,200 years that the basilica has been underwater—with four of those occasions have occurred in the last 20 years.
“Venice is on its knees,” Luigi Brugnaro said in a statement. “The damage will run into hundreds of millions of euros.”
“These are the effects of climate change,” Brugnaro added defiantly.
He added: “A tide at 187 cm is a wound that leaves indelible marks. Now the government must listen to Venezia.”