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Venice, Italy is known for its intricate canals served by gondolas and water taxis.
However, a series of unfortunate weather conditions have left many of these canals low-lying and dry.
It’s a great time to dredge and clean canals and repair infrastructure.This is usually a complicated and cumbersome task, but temporary adjustment of the water level makes it easier #aquabassaFind out where the relative water levels used to be. pic.twitter.com/maeHJEY6L7
— Nate Cochrane (@natecochrane) February 21, 2023
Drought, high-pressure systems and ocean currents have left the normally overflowing canals nearly empty, wreaking havoc on the city’s transportation system.
The drought is caused by warmer than normal temperatures, less precipitation and less snow than normal in the north.
“We have been in a water scarcity situation since the winter of 2020-2021,” said Massimiliano Paschi, a climate expert at the Italian scientific research institute CNR. told Corriere della Sera“We need 50 days of rain.”
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The results of low water levels can be seen all over Venice. The photo shows a gondola, usually traveling through the water it steers, stranded in a puddle of mud.
And it’s not just tourists who are suffering. Reuters reported Ambulances, which form part of the city’s emergency services, were also unable to access some routes.
Good news: The Northern Alps, which supply Venice with water, will soon receive much-needed rainfall and snow, according to the latest weather forecast.