Italy declares state of emergency in flood-hit Venice

ROME 

The Italian government has approved a state of emergency and 20 million euros ($22 million) is being set aside following Venice’s worst flooding in over 50 years, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Thursday. 

The northeastern city, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been flooded since Tuesday due to heavy rains that coincided with a high tide.

The flood level reached 1.87 meters (6.1 feet) late Tuesday night — the second-highest level ever recorded in the city.

Symbols of the city are underwater and many museums have closed.

Conte said those affected by the flood could apply for 5,000 euros ($5,500) in initial compensation while businesses can get up to 20,000 euros ($22,000).

Venice experiences floods every year, but its worst flood in history occurred in 1966 at 1.94 meters (6.36 feet).

*Writing by Fahri Aksut
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