Venice swamped by floods

00:27, Nov 13 2012
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People walk in a flooded street in Venice.
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A man takes refuge from the waters in a shop.
Venice floods
Trying to find a dry place is proving hard.
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A man walks through a flooded Venice street.
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The streets of flooded Venice.
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Wading through the rising waters in flood-hit Venice.
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Getting through anyway, anyhow.

Most of Italy's canal city Venice is covered in floodwaters after heavy rain swamped Italy at the weekend.

It is the island city's sixth worst flood in hundreds of years.

Piazza San Marco, the heart of the popular tourist destination, was deserted and café tables were almost completely underwater.

Many shops and buildings are closed and the water was expected to recede only slightly throughout the day.

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Reuters