Venice, Europe’s tourist and love paradise, is slowly disappearing because of the severe drought that makes boats unable to move, mud and garbage emerge.
For two consecutive years, the tide in Venice (Italy) hit a record low making the whole city severely lacking water. Visitors who were always excited about the opportunity to ride a gondola and stroll around the green canals now their plans have been ruined.
The city has no water, so many waterway vehicles have to lie in one side of the thick mud.
Venice’s record low water level was due to an unusual tidal phenomenon that occurred last year, combined with a significant drop in rainfall throughout northeastern Italy.
The tide usually goes low around this time every year, but this year the water level in Venice is 70cm lower than the average.
This phenomenon is surprising because flooding is more common in Venice than the low tide.
Low water levels cause waste to appear everywhere.. The city’s canals that have deteriorated over the years also show themselves when the banks of the canals are covered with mud and rubbish, which is mainly used by tourists. This made many people suddenly mixed with frustration about Venice – the romantic floating city.
Venice’s severe water shortage also reveals the peeling walls and crumbling walls of buildings with a long history.
Mud and trash in the heart of the rivers and canals make the scenery of the city of Venice become more desolate than ever.
The city of Venice does not care much about renovating the canals. The first channel dredging took place in the late 1990s after nearly half a century of neglect. The city also lacks a modern wastewater treatment system.
In the past, all human waste was dumped into canals, although large buildings were required to dispose of waste before being discharged. Large buildings such as museums, palaces … have their own septic tanks but there is always a certain amount of waste being leaked out.
In recent years, the city council of Venice has spent less and more on canal improvement, instead investing in the MOSE flood protection project worth € 5.4 billion. In addition to drought, Venice is facing challenges from the annual floods. This tourist paradise is expected to “disappear” in the next 20 years because it is still subsiding 1-2 mm each year.