This photo taken by the press office of Italy's prime minister, Palazzo Chigi, shows Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (left) touring the city's canals on a taxi boat while assessing damages after Venice suffered its highest tide in 50 years.
Italy's government is set to declare a state of emergency in flood-ravaged Venice, to swiftly secure the historic city funds to fix damage from the highest tide in 50 years.
A cabinet meeting on Thursday afternoon approved a special decree including the first measures aimed at helping the city's recovery.
On Wednesday, the mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, referred to the Italian lagoon city as a disaster zone.
He declared the city a disaster zone on Wednesday after the second-highest tide ever recorded swept through it overnight, flooding its historic basilica and leaving many squares and alleyways deep underwater.
"The damage will run into hundreds of millions of euros", Mr Brugnaro warned.
Several museums remained closed to the public on Thursday.
A view of the flooded St. Mark's Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice.
Along the Grand Canal, Gritti Palace is famous for playing host to royal visitors to Venice, politicians and other celebrities.
It has been over 50 years since Venice has seen flooding this severe.
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Four cases of the disease were recorded in Goma this year, but no new cases have been reported in the lakeside city since August. This is often followed by vomiting and diarrhoea, skin eruptions, kidney and liver failure, and internal and external bleeding.
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But this week, the water peaked more than six feet above the usual level and at least one death has been blamed on the flooding already.
An elderly local man from Pellestrina died after being struck by lightning whilst using an electric water pump, the fire brigade said. Since then it has been plagued by corruption and bribery allegations that led to the resignation, in 2014, of former Venice mayor Giorgio Orsoni.
Despite the emergency, tourists larked around in the flooded St Mark's Square in the sunshine, snapping selfies in their neon plastic boots and taking advantage of a respite in bad weather which has driven the high tides. This week, the Byzantine Saint Mark's Basilica was flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years - but the fourth in the last 20.
Only once since the records began in 1923, the water slid even higher, reaching 1.94 meters in 1966.
The project is an integrated system consisting of rows of mobile gates installed at the Lido, Malamocco, and Chioggia inlets that are able to isolate the Venetian Lagoon temporarily from the Adriatic Sea during acqua alta high tides.
It has been a ideal storm of high winds, a flood, and a city that sits only four or five feet above sea level.
Zanoni blamed Luca Zaia, Veneto's regional president and a member of Matteo Salvini's far-right League Party, for presenting a budget "with no concrete actions to combat climate change". It was originally expected to start operating in 2011.
Rising sea levels because of climate change coupled with Venice's well-documented sinking make the city built amid a system of canals particularly vulnerable.
Climate change is exacerbating the situation as melting ice, snow and glaciers around the world are raising sea levels.
Furthermore, the meridional jet stream can be linked back to stronger typhoons in the north-west Pacific resulting in more frequent cold outbreaks in North America and an unsettled Mediterranean is another one of the downstream effects.