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UAE Consulate in Milan issues warning to citizens abroad

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Filed on November 16, 2019 | Last updated on November 16, 2019 at 06.05 am
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People walk in the flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice, Italy.- Reuters

The warning was issued on the official Twitter account for the UAE Consulate General, MILANO.

Italy has declared a state of emergency in Venice after it was engulfed by 1.87m (6ft) high water levels, the UAE Consulate in Milan, Italy, has issued an alert for Emirati citizens living in the city.

The UAE Consulate in Milan tweeted on November 15, warning citizens to take caution and follow the safety instructions issued by the Italian local authorities.

It also advised citizens to contact them in emergency cases on +393356584064 or by contacting the State Department Contact Center on 80044444.

Exceptionally high tidal waters returned to Venice on Friday, November 15, prompting the mayor to close the iconic St. Mark's Square and call for donations to repair the Italian lagoon city just three days after it experienced its worst flooding in 50 years.

The high tide peaked at 1.54 meters (5 feet) above sea level just before noon on Friday, flooding most of the historic center.

Mayor Luigi Brugnaro told reporters he was forced to ask police to block off St. Mark's Square, which was covered in knee-high water. Even as the water started to subside, workers in high boots began removing the platforms used by the public to cross the square without getting wet.

The city saw the second-worst flooding on record late Tuesday when the water level reached 1.87 meters (6 feet, 1 inch) above sea level, prompting the Italian government to declare a state of emergency.

On Thursday, the government also approved 20 million euros in funding to help Venice repair the most urgent damage.

(With inputs from AP)


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