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  Severe weather ripped through Italy on Tuesday challenging new flood protection infrastructure in Venice cutting off access to some islands and causing multiple injuries In Venice the Italian city of canals the water level rose 170 centimeters above normal levels on Tuesday due to heavy rains the highest this year but still below 187 centimeters the highest in 50 years registered in 2019 city authorities said Thanks to the Mose system of 78 separate mobile gates that partially came into operation in 2020 the latest surge in water did not cause widespread flooding Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said Mose which stands for Experimental Electromechanical Module helped the city avoid devastation Transport Minister Matteo Salvini said noting that torrential rains and strong gales could have been catastrophic Extreme weather was reported across Italy on Tuesday Seven of the 20 regions issued severe weather warnings and two issued red alerts the island region of Sardinia and Abruzzo east of Rome Dozens of people were injured when the storm wreaked havoc Severe weather is expected to continue to batter parts of the country through Thursday This is the latest in a long series of severe weather events that have affected Italy this year The country suffered unusually long heat waves and severe droughts throughout the summer which caused hundreds of deaths and sharply reduced agricultural production followed by flash floods and intense thunderstorms that killed at least 10 people and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage euro The European Severe Weather Database ESWD previously said that Italy recorded five times as many extreme weather events as it did a decade ago Xinhua
Severe weather hits Italy, dozens injured-

Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro

– Severe weather ripped through Italy on Tuesday, challenging new flood protection infrastructure in Venice, cutting off access to some islands and causing multiple injuries.

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In Venice, the Italian city of canals, the water level rose 170 centimeters above normal levels on Tuesday due to heavy rains, the highest this year, but still below 187 centimeters -the highest in 50 years- registered in 2019. , city authorities said.

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Thanks to the “Mose” system of 78 separate mobile gates that partially came into operation in 2020, the latest surge in water did not cause widespread flooding, Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said.

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“Mose”, which stands for “Experimental Electromechanical Module”, helped the city avoid devastation, Transport Minister Matteo Salvini said, noting that torrential rains and strong gales could have been catastrophic.

Extreme weather was reported across Italy on Tuesday. Seven of the 20 regions issued severe weather warnings and two issued red alerts: the island region of Sardinia and Abruzzo, east of Rome. Dozens of people were injured when the storm wreaked havoc.

Severe weather is expected to continue to batter parts of the country through Thursday.

This is the latest in a long series of severe weather events that have affected Italy this year. The country suffered unusually long heat waves and severe droughts throughout the summer, which caused hundreds of deaths and sharply reduced agricultural production, followed by flash floods and intense thunderstorms that killed at least 10 people and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. euro.

The European Severe Weather Database (ESWD) previously said that Italy recorded five times as many extreme weather events as it did a decade ago. ■

(Xinhua)

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