(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Severe weather ravaged Italy on Tuesday, challenging new flood
protection infrastructure in Venice, cutting off access to some
islands and resulting in multiple injuries, trend reports citing
In Venice, Italy's city of canals, the water level rose 170
centimeters above normal levels on Tuesday due to intense rains,
the highest of this year, but still below the 187-centimeter rise
-- the highest in 50 years -- reported in 2019, city authorities
Thanks to the 'Mose' system of 78 separate mobile floodgates
that went into partial operation in 2020, the latest water rise did
not result in widespread flooding, said Venice's Mayor Luigi
'Mose,' which stands for 'Experimental Electromechanical
Module,' helped the city avert devastation, said Minister of
Transportation Matteo Salvini, noting that torrential rain and
strong gales could have been catastrophic.
The extreme weather was reported across Italy on Tuesday. Seven
of all the 20 regions issued severe weather warnings and two issued
red alerts -- the island region of Sardinia and Abruzzo, east of
Rome. Dozens of people were injured as the storm wreaked havoc.
The severe weather is expected to continue lashing parts of the
country through Thursday.
This is the latest of a long series of severe weather events
that have hit Italy this year. The country suffered unusually long
heat waves and severe drought during the summer, which caused
hundreds of death and slashed agricultural production, followed by
flash floods and intense thunderstorms that killed at least 10
people and caused hundreds of millions of euros in damages.
The European Severe Weather Database (ESWD) said earlier that
Italy recorded five times more extreme weather events than a decade
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