Venice in Italy was under water on Tuesday after a newly installed system of mobile artificial dams failed to activate.
Venetians and tourists pulled on their rubber boots to deal with flooding that reached a height of 4.5 feet above sea level in the afternoon.
The waters drowned St Mark's Square, which is Venice city's lowest area (about one metre above sea level), and flooded the famous basilica as many shopkeepers blocked their entrances with wood panels to keep the water out.
According to a Reuters report, as the huge deluge was pushed into the lagoon city, authorities were caught off guard before they could activate the flood barriers rolled out just two months ago.
The system of 78 flood gates, known as Mose, guard the entrance to the Venetian lagoon and are designed to protect the city from tides of up to three metres. However, they require 48 hours’ notice to be activated.
Weather bulletins in past days had forecast rainfall pushing sea levels up to 120 centimetres, below the 130cm threshold at which the flood barriers are operated.
Washington [US], March 7 (ANI): US President Joe Biden on Saturday (local time) announced that the USD 1,400 coronavirus stimulus cheques will be distributed from March onwards. This is the first round of stimulus checks that will be given out under Biden. Former President Donald Trump passed two stimulus checks last year, one for USD 1,200 and another for USD 600.
Most experts agree that Centre has fixed current price of COVID-19 vaccine at Rs 250 only after factoring in the reduced expenses of the two companies, large volume of orders they are to get, affordability of the masses and the major hurdle of vaccine hesitancy it faces
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Tokyo [Japan], March 7 (ANI): Amid escalating tensions in the disputed East China Sea, Japan is mulling to send its armed forces to deal with the surge in Chinese activity in the Japanese-controlled Diaoyu Islands, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported.
India on Sunday reported over 18,700 fresh coronavirus infections, marking a 59-day high. For the second day in a row, Maharashtra, India's worst-hit state, reported over 10,000 fresh infections. Infections in India have been rising steadily over the past several weeks since hitting a low of under 9,000 single-day cases in early February. Here are more details.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said the NIA taking over the case of a vehicle laden with explosives being found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's residence in Mumbai suggests something was fishy.
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