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

Venice on 'code red' as city sees worst flooding since 2012

Venice city officials say 70 per cent of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 149 centimetres (more than 58 1/2 inches) above sea level.

Two young people died south of Rome when a tree hit their auto, while another person was killed in the nearby town of Terracina as winds brought down scores of pine trees.

It's reported that another four people have died as a result of the adverse weather conditions. In Savona, an elderly woman died after a tornado lashed the northwestern province.

Rain-soaked tourists were barred from St Mark's Square in Venice where local authorities said the "acqua alta" (high water) peaked at 156cm, leaving nearly three-quarters of the Italian city under water.

In the canal city of Venice, the central St Mark's Square has been closed after the water level reached 1.56 metres, the fourth highest ever recorded.

A man was also missing at sea off Calabria in the southwest, while the body of another was found in a stream in northern Italy.

Some 160,000 households were left without electricity in Belluno and Treviso provinces, according to the regional newspaper Il Gazzettino.

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Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said a series of underwater barriers being erected in the lagoon, nicknamed Moses, would have prevented the inundation.

Drenched tourists were barred from an inundated St Mark's Square on Monday, while restaurant and shop staff used water pumps to try to minimise flood damage.

The water exceeded the raised walkways normally put out in flooded areas in Venice, forcing their removal.

As of now, Italy has been experiencing severe flooding in several parts of the country, along with heavy winds.

The wild weather, caused by a convergence of high tides and strong winds, forced caused schools to close, while Rome and several other regions halted classes due to the weather.

Luca Zaia, head of the Veneto region, said he was anxious that the situation could be worse than the huge floods in 2010.

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