The city of Venice has experienced the biggest floods in the past 50 years due to high waves that have hit the city in the past week, crippling business activity in almost all cities.
Indeed, the City of Venice is often hit by floods especially during the transition from autumn to spring so the local people call it the “Aqua Alta” period or the rise in water. However, this time the flood is considered to be the worst flooding because it experienced the highest increase in water in the last 50 years.
Citing Bloomberg, the city dubbed the sea city experienced a second high tide in a week, with water rising 154 centimeters. Previously, on Wednesday (11/13/2019), the water rose 187 centimeters to the highest water level.
As a result, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte declared a state of emergency for the City of Venice on Thursday night (14/11) and released 20 million euros or the equivalent of US $ 22 million for emergency repairs.
Venetian Mayor Luigi Brugnaro also closed St. Mark’s Square after the Basilica Church’s 11th-century historical heritage was flooded. The city water bus, known as a vaporetti, was also suspended due to rising water and schools in the area were closed.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said that the flooding in Venice as a result of climate change and the effects of corruption.
“I do not know which is worse, but Venice suffered both,” Luigi said as quoted by Bloomberg, Friday (11/15/2019).
For information, the local government is building a mobile embankment project to protect the Venice lagoon from the extraordinary tidal wave dubbed Mose. The project exceeds the budget value of around 5.5 billion euros and continues to grow.
However, the expensive moving levee that has been built since 2003 is predicted not to be ready to be built at least until 2022. Therefore, the government will conduct an investigation into corruption cases on the project.
On the other hand, based on the report of the Italian National Agency for New Technology, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development in 2017 have warned that the City of Venice will sink within a century if climate change does not slow down and adequate defensive water defense is not implemented.
That is caused by the City of Venice which has experienced land subsidence of 1-2 millimeters per year.