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Venice water levels lowest since records began - and it's sinking (PHOTOS)

A gondola is seen tied up in Venice, near the Rialto bridge, on January 31, 2018, as exceptionally low tides have drained the lagoon city.
A gondola is seen tied up in Venice, near the Rialto bridge, on January 31, 2018, as exceptionally low tides have drained the lagoon city.
Photographs taken this week show the famed Venetian gondolas helplessly abandoned on the docks, as the low tides caused by Wednesday's 'super blue blood moon' dry up the canals, robbing gondoliers of their money and residents of their transportation.

This is the third year that Venice has experienced record low water levels, with data showing a decrease of up to 60 cm lower than average. Two years ago, the city reported water levels up to 70 cm below normal levels, the lowest ever recorded in city data, according to Express.

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Record rains cause flooding in Tarija, Bolivia - 50,000 affected

Flood damaged roads in Yacuiba, Bolivia, January 2018
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Flood damaged roads in Yacuiba, Bolivia, January 2018
Record rainfall in southern Bolivia has prompted local authorities to declare a state of emergency for parts of Gran Chaco province in Tarija Department.

Areas around the towns and cities of Yacuiba, Camiri and Villamontes in Gran Chaco province, Tarija Department, have all seen flooding after days of heavy rain.

Record rainfall hit the city of Yacuiba on Sunday 28 January, 2018. Roads were flooded and 15 communities were left isolated. At least 3 houses were destroyed, although full damage assessments are yet to be completed.

Heavy rain has been falling in the areas since last week. Yacuiba recorded 98.2 mm of rain in 24 hours to 26 January. Then record rainfall hit 2 days later when the city saw 194.2 mm of rain in 24 hours to 28 January, beating the previous high of 178 mm set in 1985. The rain continued with a further 48.2 mm falling in 24 hours to 31 January.

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Ex Cyclone Fehi causes major flooding in New Zealand

Families are evacuated in Ruby Bay.
Families are evacuated in Ruby Bay.
After causing severe flooding in New Caledonia, the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Fehi brought severe weather including thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds to parts of the South Island of New Zealand from 31 January 2018.

Thousands of homes have been left without power. Local states of emergency have been declared in Buller and Dunedin.

Buller, West Coast region

Buller District Council said that there have been evacuations in many low lying areas such as Snodgrass, Carters Beach and Derby Street and many houses have experienced flooding.

The Emergency Operation Centre has been on standby since yesterday and is now in full swing as a coordination point for welfare, planning, communications and the general emergency operations

The main issue has been the high tide which was at 12.20 hrs. The water is now starting to recede in some areas however continues to rise in areas north of Westport. Evacuated residents should not return home until notified it is safe to return.

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Wettest January in history in Broome, Western Australia

Flooding in Broome, Western Australia
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Two trucks passing on the Great Northern Highway near Broome, Western Australia, after wild weather submerged the road in water
Broome has recorded its wettest January of all time, with 941mm of rain dumped on the tourist town since the beginning of the year.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the record was officially broken at 9am this morning, when 57mm from the previous 24-hours was added to the month's total.

Yesterday brought the most rain for the Kimberley town, with 412.2mm bucketing down as a low pressure system moved slowly south.

From Saturday to Monday a further 203.6mm fell on the town, with Cyclone Joyce on January 12 bringing with it 88.4mm.

Comment: Broome residents and business owners say wind and rain have exceeded the category two Cyclone Hilda and category one Cyclone Joyce which both hit the Kimberley coast in the past month. As well as record rainfall the tropical low brought winds of 100 kilometres per hour - with gusts of up to 125kph. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the tourist town was hit with more than double its average January rainfall in a 22-hour period.

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Floods and landslides affect 13,000 people in Guatemala

Floods in Morales, Izabal Guatemala, January, 2018
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Floods in Morales, Izabal Guatemala, January, 2018
Heavy rainfall in Guatemala since 26 January has caused flooding and landslides in the departments of Baja Verapaz, Petén, Alta Verapaz, Quiché and Izabal, according to the country's disaster agency, Conred.

Conred reported landslides in San Jerónimo and Salamá in Baja Verapaz department, one in the municipality of Chajul, Quiché department, Cobán in Alta Verapaz and two in Morales in Izabal department. No fatalities or injuries have been reported.

River levels have increased after the heavy rain, including the San Francisco and San Marcos rivers in Izabal, according to Conred. Flooding has affected parts of Morales, Livingston and Puerto Barrios, which is the worst hit. Almost 90 homes have been damaged.

Flooding has blocked roads in Quiché and left some communities in the north of the province isolated.

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Paris floods: Seine river reaches peak of four metres above its normal level, though more rain is expected (VIDEO)

paris seine flood 2018 jan
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Parts of the greater Paris region are also affected Image
The swollen River Seine in the French capital, Paris, has peaked at about four metres above its normal water level for the time of year.

The flood level rose to 5.84m (19.2ft) early on Monday and is not expected to begin receding before Tuesday.

Weeks of rainfall have produced a relentless rise in the water level.

Comment: See this article for more on the flooding in Paris as well as a list of recent flood events from around the world:

Also see from 2017: And from 2016: Torrential rain delivers flooding from Paris to Prague

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Lyon's twin rivers threaten floods as Rhone & Saone rise

The swollen river Rhone in Lyon, France
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The swollen river Rhone in Lyon, France
The floods in the French capital Paris are getting all the headlines, but the rising waters in France's second city, Lyon, are also causing concern.

The Saone and Rhone rivers meet in the city, and have broken their banks in the past, most recently in 2003 when the road by the Saone was cut and homes flooded just north of the city.

"I spent all my childhood on the riverside and I rarely saw floods like this, it's pretty impressive," said one man.

"For the Saone, it's been years since we saw it in flood. In general, every winter it is in flood, but the situation is exceptional this year for the Rhône because it is not often that it is in flood. The meeting of the two rivers - confluence - is catastrophic," said one woman.

The lower levels of public car parks closest to the river banks were evacuated and closed, exacerbating the already difficult parking in the city.

Some private garages were preparing to pump out water if needed.

"The car parks are completely flooded and you feel the lack of spaces in the city center," said one frustrated motorist.

Comment: Meanwhile hundreds of people have been evacuated, tunnels and roads have been sealed off and the bottom floor of the Louvre has closed as Paris braces for more floods. The River Seine burst its banks on Tuesday and reached 5.6m (18ft) high on Friday morning at the Austerlitz bridge in eastern Paris following days of heavy rain.

Meteo France said the rainfall was double the average for this time of year. There are predictions of 6m (20ft) for the weekend - just below the 6.2m it reached two years ago, which led to two people dying and several being injured amid a state of emergency.

See also: Paris flooding to get worse as Seine expected to rise despite break from "double the normal rainfall" (VIDEO)

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France's wettest winter since 1959: Paris flooding worsens as Seine rises towards 6 meters (VIDEOS)

seine flooding 2018
The Seine River in Paris is expected to rise farther out of its banks through this weekend despite northeastern France catching a break from heavy rain.

The flooding has already inundated roads, railways and walking paths in Paris along the river, according to The Local.

The river is projected to challenge the levels recorded during the June 2016 flooding, during which the Louvre Museum was closed for four days as workers evacuated 35,000 pieces of art.

Comment: All over the world we're seeing an incredible increase in flooding with these articles below being just some of the stories that have happened in the last few months: And if we look back in history we can find a clue: Massive flooding in Europe during the Little Ice Age

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Flood alerts in 30 departments of France as rivers burst banks

Flood alerts in 30 departments as rivers burst banks Flood levels in Paris are expected to match the 6.10m reached in June 2016
Flood levels at Eiffel tower jan 2018
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Flood levels in Paris are expected to match the 6.10m reached in June 2016
Seine and Rhine among rivers that have flooded, and while current drier conditions have offered respite, more rain is forecast from Thursday

The Seine in Paris has breached its banks in several areas after weeks of heavy rains in and around the French capital, reaching 4.82m above normal at 6am on Tuesday.

The river is expected to reach the 2016 high-water level of 6.10m by the end of the week.

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Floods in the north of Mozambique leave 11 dead and affect 75,000

Flooding in Nampula, Mozambique.
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Flooding in Nampula, Mozambique.
The government in Mozambique said that heavy rain and flooding in northern areas of the country has left at least 11 people dead and affected over 75,000 people.

The provinces of Nampula, Niassa and Cabo Delgado have all seen heavy rain since 14 January, 2018, triggered by a tropical depression. The city of Nampula recorded over 450 mm of rain between 15 and 19 January.

Local media, quoting sources from Mozambique's National Directorate of Water Resources (DNRH) said that, as of 19 January, the Messalo, Megaruma and Monapo rivers had all burst their banks.