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Man dies after being ‘struck by lightening using water pump’ in Venice floods – Today News

 A man has died after Venice was hit by the second worst floods on record leaving an ‘indelible wound’ on the historic Italian city  The local man from Pellestrina, one of the many islands in the Venetian lagoon, died when he was struck by lightning while using an electric water pump, the fire brigade said  Venice’s mayor called the city a disaster zone today after water flooded the city’s historic basilica and left many of its squares and alleyways deep underwater yesterday  Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said he would declare a state of disaster and warned of severe damage  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  “The situation is dramatic,” Brugnaro said on Twitter .  “We ask the government to help us The cost will be high. This is the result of climate change.”    Saint Mark’s Square was submerged by more than one metre (3 3 ft) of water, while the adjacent Saint Mark’s Basilica was flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years  Four of those inundations have now come in the last 20 years, most recently in October 2018  There was no immediate word on any damage inside the church.    In 2018, the administrator said the basilica had aged 20 years in a single day  Video on social media showed deep waters flowing like a river along one of Venice’s main thoroughfares, while another showed large waves hammering boats moored alongside the Doge’s Palace and surging over the stone sidewalks  “A high tide of 187 cm is going to leave an indelible wound,” Brugnaro said.  Much of Italy has been pummelled by torrential rains in recent days, with wide spreading flooding, especially in the southern heel and toe of the country  In Matera, this year’s European Capital of Culture, rain water cascaded through the streets and inundated the city’s famous cave-dwelling district  Further bad weather is forecast for the coming days.

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