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Venice plans to raise its sinking buildings as sea levels rise

Venice has become increasingly vulnerable over time, suffering more than 50 significant floods between 1993 and 2002 and sinking about 23 centimeters over the course of the 20th century.

ROME, March 21, 2008 (AFP) - Venice is considering a plan to raise its buildings to counter rising sea levels, an Italian press report said on Friday.

The operation, codenamed "Rialto," would take around a month per building if each structure is raised by eight centimetres (three inches) a day.

Implementation began in 2003 and is scheduled to end in 2012 at an expected cost of some four billion euros (six billion dollars).

The lagoon city has been increasingly vulnerable to flooding, having suffered more than 50 episodes of "acqua alta" (high water) between 1993 and 2002.

The worst recorded high waters were in November 1966 when the city was under 1.94 metres (6.3 feet) of water, as the rest of Italy was also battling heavy floods
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