15 Shocking Pictures That Show Just How Catastrophic The Flooding Is In Venice
St. Mark's Basilica flooded for only the sixth time in its nearly thousand-year history.
ICYMI, Venice is currently submerged following the highest tides in over 50 years, its iconic St. Mark's Square resembling more of a lake than an Italian piazza.
For context, here's what the square normally looks like.
Usually packed with tourists, St. Mark's was completely inundated as flood waters wreaked havoc on the city.
The crypt of St. Mark's Basilica, nearby to the plaza, was also submerged.
In fact, over 85% of Venice was flooded as of late Tuesday, with the mayor blaming climate change for the disaster.
...though not everything could be saved.
Gondolas were tossed ashore.
Tourists, meanwhile, floated their luggage instead of pulling it behind them.
Others made use of narrow elevated footbridges.
Finally, the flood waters threatened to submerge this Banksy artwork of a migrant child wearing...what else but a lifejacket and holding a pink flare.
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