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    People walk in a flooded Saint Mark Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice, Italy October 29, 2018

    Death Toll in Italy Floods Climbs to Nine (PHOTO, VIDEO)

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    The number of flood victims in Italy is growing rapidly. Torrential rain has affected the entire country. According to Italian civil protection authorities, the death toll in floods has risen to nine people.

    Rome's subway system was reportedly flooded, and rail transportation was interrupted. Schools and kindergartens are closed.

    The nation's shopkeepers are scooping up water in buckets, and the ceiling of one cafe collapsed on its patrons.

    Venice has found itself losing its centuries-old battle with rising water; its historic center is three-quarters submerged.

    ​Museum staff are attempting to save the surviving exhibits.


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