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Man dies in Venice's worst floods for 50 years

(CNN)The worst flooding to hit Venice in more than 50 years has brought the historic city to its knees, its mayor said on Wednesday."Venice is on its knees,'' Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted. "St. Mark's Basilica has sustained serious damage, like the entire city and its islands." The crypt of St. Mark's Basilica was inundated for just the sixth time in 1,200 years.Local authorities in the Italian lagoon city called for a state of emergency to be imposed, as an elderly man was left dead in the floods. The unnamed man was killed on Tuesday night while he was trying to run electric pumps at his home on the island of Pellestrina, Alessandro Bertasi, spokesman for Venice's mayor, told CNN.The popular tourist destination was struck by an exception ...
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