- Title: Unusual out of season high water levels flood Venice's St. Mark's Square
- Date: 9th August 2021
- Summary: VENICE, ITALY (AUGUST 8, 2021) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) TOURISTS WALKING THROUGH ST. MARK'S SQUARE DURING HIGH TIDE, WITH WATER TO THEIR ANKLES COUPLES DANCING TO PIANIST WITH ANKLES SUBMERGED IN WATER OUTSIDE RESTAURANT TOURISTS WADING THROUGH FLOODWATER IN ST.MARK'S SQUARE TOURISTS WALKING, CHILDREN SPLASHING IN WATER IN FRONT OF ST. MARK'S BASILICA CHILDREN SPLASHING IN WATER PEOPLE SITTING ON CHAIRS AT BAR BAR CHAIRS SUBMERGED IN WATER PEOPLE WALKING THROUGH WATER IN FRONT OF THE BASILICA WAITERS MOVING CHAIRS WATER COMING OUT OF HOLE IN ST. MARK'S SQUARE CHILDREN LYING DOWN SUBMERGED IN WATER AND SPLASHING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING THROUGH WATER TOURISTS HOLDING THEIR SHOES AS THEY WALK BAREFOOT THROUGH THE WATER WATER IN THE SQUARE
- Embargoed: 23rd August 2021 09:57
- Keywords: IPCC St. Mark's Square Venice acqua alta extreme weather flood high water
- Location: VENICE, ITALY
- City: VENICE, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Environment,Europe,Weather,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001EPK6D6V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Venice's St. Mark's Square was flooded twice over the weekend during high water levels known as "acqua alta", which is unusual and out of season to occur in the month of August.
On Sunday (August 8) evening, water levels were forecast to rise to above 1 metre and tourists were seen marvelling at the phenomenon in St. Mark's Square, with some children even going for a splash and others dancing with their feet submerged in water to a pianist who did not let the water levels stop him from playing in the picturesque square.
The Venice municipality said water levels rose to 1 metre on Saturday (August 7) evening. Data was not yet available for Sunday night,
Venice's floods, "acqua alta" (high water) in Italian, are caused by a combination of factors exacerbated by climate change - from rising sea levels and unusually high tides to land subsidence that has pushed down the city ground level. They usually occur in the autumn and winter months.
(Production: Manuel Silvestri, Antonio Denti, Emily Roe)
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