Photos show Venice underwater in worst flood in 10 years

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On Tuesday, water levels topped only briefly the 80 centimeters that floods St. Mark's Square, one of the city's lowest points. Most of the city's famous water bus system was also closed down.

Tourists and residents alike donned waterproof boots to navigate the streets after strong winds raised the water level over 5ft in a high tide before receding.

In Italy, where Venice was inundated by near-record flooding and ferocious storms drove high winds reaching up to 180 kilometres (110 miles) an hour in some areas, civil protection authorities announced a further four deaths, after confirming five people perished on Monday.

The city, famous for its canals and gondolas and attractive palaces and churches, is frequently overwhelmed by water in the period from October to December, but Monday's flooding was particularly heavy.

Three quarters of the city of Venice is under water as gale-force winds and torrential rain brings chaos to Italy. The project, nicknamed Moses, has been delayed due to cost overruns and corruption scandals. However, it got a little out of hand on Monday, with the 5 ft high tide levels.

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"All of Veneto is in code red alarm for this wave of bad weather", said Luca Zaia, the regional president, warning that conditions could match historic flood levels of 1966.

At least four people have been killed in Naples, Lazio and Liguria as recent flooding and heavy winds have resulted in trees toppling over.

As of now, Italy has been experiencing severe flooding in several parts of the country, along with heavy winds.

Officials closed major tourist attractions in Rome, including the Colosseum and the Forum, early because of heavy rains.

There's a possibility being expressed that flooding this week could reach the levels of floods that Italy last experienced some 22 years ago, when the Arno river flooded the city of Florence, killing hundred people and destroying millions of rare artworks and books.

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The Interior Ministry has urged officials in storm-struck regions to consider closing schools and offices for a second day on Tuesday. Local media said a yacht owned by the family of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was one of those badly damaged.

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