Venice canals run dry due to lack of rain

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Some of the canals in Venice have run dry due to weeks of no rain.

Weeks of dry winter weather have raised concerns that Italy could face another drought after last summer’s emergency. So far, the Alps having received less than half of their normal snowfall.

The warning comes as Venice, where flooding is normally the primary concern, faces unusually low tides that are making it impossible for gondolas, water taxis and ambulances to navigate some of its famous canals.

The city of Venice in Italy is famous for its canals, bridges and water taxis – but right now some waterways are running dry after weeks of dry weather

The Po, Italy’s longest river which runs from the Alps in the north-west to the Adriatic has 61% less water than normal at this time of year, it added in a statement.

In July last year, Italy suffered its worst drought for 70 years and declared a state of emergency in the areas surrounding the Po, which accounts for roughly a third of the country’s agricultural production.

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