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Venice under water as Italy hit by fierce wind and heavy rain

Couple walk in flooded St Mark Square in Venice on 29 October 2018

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Italy has been battered by fierce winds and rain which have left at least eight people dead across the country, while schools and tourist sites closed in several regions amid fears for peoples’ safety.

In the canal city of Venice, rising floodwaters have overwhelmed many of its famed squares and walkways, with officials saying as much as 75% of the city is now submerged.

Venice’s central St Mark’s Square was closed on Monday afternoon, after the water level reached “acqua alta” (high water) of 156cm (5.1ft). It is the fourth highest level ever recorded.

And yet, many people – tourist and locals alike – appeared determined to forge ahead with business as usual.

Tourist in flooded water in Venice on 29 October 2018

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People walk in flooded St Mark Square in Venice on 29 October 2018

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Some people took to the raised wooden walkways that are installed when there is flooding.

People walk across temporary walk ways in Venice on 29 October 2018

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Others, including tourists, donned thigh-high wellies or took off their shoes to wade through the water.

Tourists walk through flooded St Mark Square in Venice on 29 October 2018

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Shopkeepers worked to try and keep the water away from their stock.

Shopkeeper empties water from his shop in Venice on 29 October 2018

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With Venice, and the wider Veneto region, now on red alert, residents are being urged to prepare for major disruption to transport and infrastructure.

Tourists wait for reopening of Vaporetto service on 29 October 2018

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Meteorologists are warning that the bad weather will continue.

Man empties a bucket of water in Venice on 29 October 2018

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Venice under water as Italy hit by fierce wind and heavy rain

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