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The water’s all gondola as low tides hit Venice

High and dry: Boats run aground as Venice’s canals virtually dry up, two months after the city was submerged by floods PICTURES: VANTAGENEWS.COM

LOW tides in Venice have left its iconic waterways almost dry — just two months after severe flooding submerged more than two-thirds of the Italian city.

The canals more closely resembled muddy trenches as the water dwindled to 17in below sea level on Monday.

Gondolas and boats were unable to navigate some parts of the network and became stranded.

Water nightmare: Floods last year PICTURE: AP

Venice experienced its highest water levels in more than 50 years in November, when more than €1billion of damage was caused by ‘apocalyptic’ floods that mayor Luigi Brugnaro blamed on climate change.

Historic landmarks affected included St Mark’s Square and St Mark’s Basilica, which Archbishop Francesco Moraglia warned had suffered ‘irreparable damage’.