The archbishop said rising water is causing “irreparable damage” to ancient mosaics
The Italian city of Venice has been declared under a state of emergency as the second highest water levels in its history have left85 percent of the “City of Canals” submerged.
Two people have been killed as a result of the flooding, and damage is estimated to run to hundreds of millions of euros. Saint Mark’s Basilica is among the historic buildings threatened.
“The Basilica is suffering structural damage because the water has risen and so it’s causing irreparable damage, especially when it dries out in the lower section of the mosaics and tiling,” Venice Archbishop Francesco Moraglia told a news conference, as reported by Reuters.