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Venice Experiences Second-Highest Tide in History Causing Extensive Flooding

A disaster has been declared in Venice, Italy after the city experienced its second-highest tide in history.

The water swept in flooding city streets and the historic basilica. Some areas including Saint Mark’s Square was submerged by more than one metre of water.

Fire officials said that two people have died from the flooding.

The water was aided by strong winds that whipped through the city.

The tide peaked at 187 cm on Tuesday.

Venice is slowly sinking. From the beginning, the weight of the city pushed down on the dirt and mud that it was built on, squeezing out water and compacting the soil.

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