Italy: Flood-stricken merchants struggle to reopen in Venice

Shops and other businesses in Venice are struggling to reopen as they deal with severe damage from last week's floods, as seen in footage shot on Tuesday. Despite the Italian government promises of financial help, many expressed scepticism and felt «helpless.» «We cannot open the business and we've lost our revenues for many days», said the owner of a jewellery shop on the iconic San Marco's... Еще Square. Others hoped to receive financial redress, following the city declaration of a «state of calamity.» The 'acqua alta,' or winter flooding, reached 187cm (73 inches) last Tuesday, the highest level since the record of 194 cm set in 1966.

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