Climate change blamed for deadly, damaging floods in Italy

Venice is known for seasonal flooding, but this is the second-highest level in recorded history.
1:12 | 11/14/19

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Overseas tonight, to a remarkable and alarming scene playing out in Venice. The worst flooding there in more than 50 years. People wading through the water across St. Mark's square, one of the most popular tourist spots in the world. Tonight, the mayor declaring a state of emergency now from what he's calling the apocalyptic rising water there. Here's ABC's Maggie Rulli tonight. Reporter: Tonight, tourists suitcases floating away in Venice. The mayor declaring a state of emergency, saying the city is on its knees. Famous landmarks like 1,200-year-old St. Mark's basilica inundated. Water flowing through the church. My life, this was the first time like this. Reporter: St. Mark's square now a swimming pool. Hotels and shops turned into canals as water rushes through buildings. All the clothing, all the things in the shops and in the grocery stores was all very devastating. Reporter: The floods are blamed for at least two deaths. And Venice's mayor is blaming the worst flood his city has seen in more than 50 years on climate change. Now, Venice is used to seasonal flooding, but this was the second-highest in recorded history. David, damages are expected to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. David? Just incredible images tonight. Maggie, thank you.

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