Thousands of tourists flock to the Italo-Byzantine monument every day, gazing up at the shimmering gold ground mosaics that decorate its majestic domes or pausing in front of the venerated tomb of St Mark. It is particularly at risk, sitting as it does in one of the lowest parts of the city. The salt enters the marble, the bricks, everywhere," Tesserin said. Workers survey the damage as tourists take photographs at the flooded St.
Mark's Square. Italy's culture minister Dario Franceschini said Tuesday the government would cough up an as-yet unspecified amount of funding to help preserve the site in the UNESCO city.
The city stands on wooden piles driven by their thousands into the mud, but rising sea levels and heavy cruise ship traffic have eaten away at the surrounding marshes and mudbanks. That leaves the gradually sinking Serenissima more vulnerable to the whims of the Adriatic sea.
Volunteers mopping up the mosaic floors inside the Basilica. A massive infrastructure project called MOSE has been underway since to protect it, but has been plagued by cost overruns, corruption scandals and delays.
The plan involves 78 gates that can be raised to protect Venice's lagoon during high tides -- but a recent attempt to test part of the barrier caused worrying vibrations and engineers discovered parts had rusted. Tesserin said climate change and the city's subsidence problems meant "we need to act now".
As volunteers struggled to sweep waters off the Basilica's mosaic floor, the procurator said he was "very worried", as "every day there's a risk of a big flood". Italy's news in English Search.
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Other pages Noticeboard Site search. Share this article. Mark's Basilica, Venice after heavy flooding Wednesday. Tourists and locals in Venice are in shock at flood damage caused to one of the city's most famous sites.
In Pictures: Venice left submerged as exceptional tide sweeps through canal city Pumps work overtime to clear the seawater from around the altar and under the pink and white stone arches, as the historic monument's custodians look on in sadness and anger. They weren't listened to," the procurator said. Get notified about breaking news on The Local. The mother of a six-year-old girl who drowned at a seaside resort has said she told the woman looking after the child she did not want her daughter to go in the water.
Dajahnel Young, from Erith in south-east London , was seen lifeless in the sea off Margate, Kent, on 28 July last year, after being reported missing during a trip with friends from her local church. Her mother, Camille Remekie, told an inquest at the Guildhall in Sandwich, Kent , on Monday that she had entrusted her friend Cynthia Robinson to look after Dajahnel, who could not swim. Richard Keeber, representing Robinson, told the hearing his client denied that Remekie told her not to allow Dajahnel into the water. Keeber also went through occasions when Remekie spoke to Robinson in video calls before the trip, and asked if the mother told her then.
Remekie added that Dajahnel was disciplined enough to ask for permission. She may have run off excited about something, like toys at a supermarket — but she has never gone missing.