Venice flooded, this is the worst flooding to ever hit Venice in more than 50 years. Venice on its knees the mayor said on Wednesday.
The crypt of Basilica was flooded for just the sixth time in 1,200 years. Therefore, local authorities in the Italian city called for a state of emergency to be imposed, as a dead man was left in the floods. The man was killed when he was trying to run electric pumps at his home. The man lived on the island of Pellestrina, Alessandro Bertasi.
The popular tourist destination was struck by high tides on Tuesday night, which top 187 centimeters (73.6 inches). This was according to a statement by the Venice government on Wednesday morning.
It is the worst flooding in Venice since 1966, when the city was hit by tides that peaked at 194 centimeters (76.4 inches). This was according to government statistics.
The Tide Forecasting and Reporting Center of Civil Protection said that 45% of the city was flooded.
A photo shows people crossing on a wooden bridge.
Local Government said All schools will be closed Wednesday due to the weather conditions. And announced that it would request for a state of emergency after the extraordinary tide.