75% of Venice under water after unusually high tide strikes famed city

75% of Venice under water after unusually high tide strikes famed city

75% of Venice under water after unusually high tide strikes famed city

Two people were killed when a tree fell on their auto not far from Rome, and a young man in the Naples region also died after being hit by a falling tree, according to authorities.

The national fire brigade said it had intervened in 7,000 cases across the country and that one of its staff had died, crushed by a tree during a rescue operation in a small town in South Tyrol. In Savona, an elderly woman died after a tornado lashed the northwestern province.

In the northern canal-ringed city of Venice, local authorities said the "acqua alta" (high water) peaked at 156 centimeters (61 inches).

The extreme weather, which began on Sunday, has caused widespread disruption throughout the country.

Raw video: Diners seem unaffected as they continue to enjoy their meals in a flooded pizzeria in Venice, Italy. And along with streets and local businesses, noteworthy areas and historical landmarks like St. Mark's Square, the Rialto bridge, the Piazza San Marco, and more, have been impacted by the floods. The last time levels topped 160 centimeters, which had been forecast, was in December 1979.

News agency Ansa reported damage to the mosaic floors inside Venice's famed St Mark's Basilica, where waters reached 90cm.

Venice is now experiencing the worst flooding it's seen in a decade, but one restaurant refuses to let the knee-high water impact business.

Strong winds and heavy rain pummeling Italy has left three-quarters of Venice submerged in floodwater, officials said Monday.

Heavy rains battered the country, overflowing rivers which brought flash floods across Italy's famous cities causing its iconic buildings to dilapidate.

Veneto regional governor Luca Zaia says flooding could reach the levels of the 1966 flood that struck Venice and Florence.

In the province of Frosinone, south of Rome, two people died after a tree fell on their auto, while in the southern region of Calabria, a man was reported missing.

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