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Venice government rejects climate change plan, two minutes after was flooded

Christian Fernsby |
Venice regional council's offices on the Grand Canal were flooded just minutes after officials rejected a plan to combat climate change.

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Topics: VENICE    FLOOD   

The ancient city has been facing devastating floods, the worst in more than 50 years, and struck the council chamber in Ferro Fini Palace as councilors were debating the 2020 regional budget, Democratic Party councilor Andrea Zanoni said on Facebook.

"Ironically, the chamber was flooded two minutes after the majority League, Brothers of Italy, and Forza Italia parties rejected our amendments to tackle climate change," Zanoni wrote, alongside photos of the flooded room for the first time in history.

"We've destroyed Venice, we're talking about one billion (euros) in damage," Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said after the second major flooding of around 160 centimetres hit on Friday.

The crisis has prompted the government to release 20 million euros ($22 million) in funds to tackle the devastation.

Surveying the damage, Culture Minister Dario Franceschini warned the task of repairing the city would be huge. More than 50 churches had suffered damage, he said.

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