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Thursday 21 August 2014

We were expecting canals in Venice, but this is ridiculous...

HEAVY rains and seas whipped up by strong winds have flooded Venice and brought the sixth-highest high-tide level since records began 150 years ago.

It left 70pc of central Venice under water. Tourists had to wade waist-deep in St Mark's Square.

Flooding is common in Venice at this time of year, but yesterday's high-tide mark of 150cm (59.06 inches) was the sixth-highest level since 1872.

Storms caused havoc throughout Italy with 200 people evacuated from their homes in hard-hit Tuscany.

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