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Shocking Images As Venice Canals Run Dry

Shocking Images As Venice Canals Run Dry

Canals in Venice have gone dry following weeks without rain.

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Images from the city, famed for its waterways, show gondolas stuck on dry land near the Rialto Bridge due to a mixture of a lack of rain and low tides.

Water levels have been reported to be as much as 60cm lower than usual.

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This is the third year that weird phenomenon has struck the city, causing traffic chaos as water-taxis and transportation on the canals grinds to a halt.

In stark contrast, the city has also been hit by floods in the past few years.

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Speaking in 2015, when the canals ran dry, local experts told the Independent that it's not just down to weather conditions, but a lack of maintenance, too. According to the experts, residents are more concerned with flooding and, as a result, around €5 billion (£4.3bn) was spent on creating a flood barrier, meaning that less money is available for the routine removal of mud and sediment.

Studies suggest that the picturesque city is sinking at a rate of 1-2mm a year with many of the old staircases now ruined.

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Topics: World News, Weird

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]