受到恶劣天气影响，意大利的“水城”威尼斯遭遇了五十年来的最大洪水，圣马可大教堂等著名景点被淹，游客和居民不得不涉水甚至“游泳”行进。威尼斯市长称，这都是气候变化惹的祸。People walk in a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice Venice, Italy, November 17, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
Severe flooding in Venice that has left much of the Italian city under water is a direct result of climate change, the mayor says.
The highest water levels in the region in more than 50 years would leave "a permanent mark", Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted.
"Now the government must listen," he added. "These are the effects of climate change... the costs will be high."
“现在政府必须听一听我们的声音，”他补充道，“这是气候变化造成的影响……代价将是惨重的。”A flooded church is seen during a period of seasonal high water in Venice, Italy, November 17, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
The waters in Venice peaked at 1.87m, according to the tide monitoring centre. Only once since official records began in 1923 has the tide been higher, reaching 1.94m in 1966.
St Mark's Square - one of the lowest parts of the city - was one of the worst hit areas.
St Mark's Basilica was flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years, according to church records. Pierpaolo Campostrini, a member of St Mark's council, said four of those floods had now occurred within the past 20 years.
The mayor said the famous landmark had suffered "grave damage". The crypt was completely flooded and there are fears of structural damage to the basilica's columns.
市长说，这座著名的地标“损毁严重”。地下室完全被淹没了，人们担心洪水对廊柱大厅的柱子造成结构性损坏。A man pumps water from a shop at the flooded St. Mark's Square, as high tide reaches peak, in Venice, Italy November 15, 2019. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo
The city of Venice is made up of more than 100 islands inside a lagoon off the north-east coast of Italy.
Two people died on the island of Pellestrina, a thin strip of land that separates the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. One of them was electrocuted as he tried to start a pump in his home.
Mr Brugnaro said the damage was "huge" and that he would declare a state of disaster, warning that a project to help prevent the Venetian lagoon suffering devastating floods "must be finished soon".
"The situation is dramatic. We ask the government to help us," he said on Twitter, adding that schools would remain closed until the water level subsides.
He also urged local businesses to share photos and video footage of the devastation, which he said would be useful when requesting financial help from the government.
他还敦促当地企业分享洪灾的照片和视频，以便在请求政府财政支援时能派上用场。People sit at a cafe in a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice, Italy, November 17, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
A number of businesses were affected. Chairs and tables were seen floating outside cafes and restaurants.
In shops, workers tried to move their stock away from the water to prevent any further damage.
One shopkeeper, who was not named, told Italy's public broadcaster Rai: "The city is on its knees."
一位不具名的店主告诉意大利广播电视公司说：“整个城市都崩溃了。”A man stands by the entrance of a restaurat during a period of seasonal high water in Venice, Italy, November 17, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
Three waterbuses sank, but tourists continued their sightseeing as best they could.
三辆水上巴士沉没了，但游客们尽其所能继续自己的观光之旅。People take pictures at the flooded St. Mark's Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice, Italy, November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo
One French couple told AFP news agency that they had "effectively swum" after some of the wooden platforms placed around the city in areas prone to flooding overturned.