The canals of Italy's famous city of Venice have been drenched by heavy rain, sending water levels soaring to near record highs.

With a metre-and-a-half of water, 80 per cent of Venice was flooded at the peak of high tide.

The combination of meteoroglical and astronomical factors that led to it, make Sunday's tides the seventh highest of all time.

The flooding could see the water levels rise up to two metres above sea level.

Al Jazeera's Claudio Lavanga reports from Venice.

Source: Al Jazeera