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  •   Home > News > Environment

    Low tide leaves Venice's canals dry, just months after severe floods

    Many of the city's waterways are rendered impassable by an exceptionally low tide, with boats and gondolas beached along the sides of canals.


    Just two months after experiencing some of the worst floods in the city's history, Venice's iconic canals have been left dry by exceptionally low tides.

    Many of the city's waterways were rendered impassable by the tides, with boats and gondolas beached along the sides of canals.

    The drop in water peaked at 45 centimetres below sea level.

    Tides mean Venice's water levels typically vary by around 50cm, but extremely low tides are not unprecedented.

    Meanwhile, Venice was struck by its second-highest flood in its history in November last year.

    Flooding in Venice has become more frequent and severe, a reality the city's mayor has blamed on climate change.

    Combined with over-tourism, regular flooding has seen an exodus of residents from Venice.

    While millions of tourists visit the city each year, Venice's population has shrunk below 60,000.

    Toto Bergamo Rossi, the head of the Venice Heritage Foundation, recently told CBS News that the city was "in intensive care".

    Mr Rossi described having water almost up to his waist during the November floods. "I mean, this is ridiculous," he said.

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