Venice canals run dry as low tides drain city shortly after devastating floods

Venice's iconic canals have run dry just two months after the city was submerged in water.

Low tides brought the water level down to 45 centimetres below sea level in places, leaving gondolas stranded in the Italian city's waterways.

Photographs show residents staring in disbelief at the canals, which have been reduced to mud in some areas.

It comes after the canals burst their banks in November, flooding Venice's streets and historic buildings, including St Mark's Basillica, which dates back to the 11th century.

Mayor Luigi Brugnaro blamed the floods on climate change and said the repair bill would run into the hundreds of millions of euros.


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The mayor called the city a disaster zone after water flooded the basilica and left many of its squares and alleyways deep underwater.

City officials said the tide peaked at 187 cm (6.14 ft) at 10.50 p.m. (2150 GMT), just short of the record 194 cm set in 1966.

Saint Mark's Square was submerged by more than one metre (3.3 ft) of water.

Video on social media showed deep waters flowing like a river along one of Venice's main thoroughfares.

In another clip, large waves hammered boats moored alongside the Doge's Palace and surged over the stone sidewalks.

"A high tide of 187 cm is going to leave an indelible wound," Mr Brugnaro said.

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