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Italy: Flood-stricken merchants struggle to reopen in Venice

3 19.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Flooded San Marco's Square, Venice
M/S Workers
M/S Flooded San Marco's Square
M/S Water in street
W/S Cafe under colonnade
C/U Restaurant sign
M/S Owner of 'Trattoria Canonica' Luigi enters restaurant
SOT, Luigi, owner of Trattoria Canonica (Italian): "All the fridges are under water."
M/S Chairs over the tables
C/U Photo on mobile phone
W/S Fridge over table
SOT, Sebastiana Magdalena, Luigi's daughter (Italian): "We have lost refrigerators, we have lost tables, chairs, ovens. A bit of everything, to be honest."
M/S Damaged furniture *CUTAWAY*
M/S Broken electric system *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Sebastiana Magdalena, Luigi's daughter (Italian): "Expenses are increasing and if the government won't help us on time, we as a business won't be able to put up all the money we need for restoration and to buy everything again."
M/S man with suitcase
M/S Woman walking with rubber boots
W/S San Marco Jewelry
M/S Jewels on showcase
W/S Owner of San Marco Jewelry Claudia Berolfi at the counter
SOT, Claudia Bertoldi, owner of San MArco Jewelry (Italian): "We have lost all items that could be damaged. And in addition, all the furniture has been damaged."
W/S Owner marks the level reached by the water *CUTAWAY*
M/S Floor *CUTAWAY*
M/S Bertoldi using hairdryer on damaged items *CUTAWAY*
C/U Bertoldi using hairdryer on damaged items *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Claudia Bertoldi, owner of San Marco Jewelry (Italian): "We feel helpless, for sure. I don't know, they are saying yes [to financial aid], but I don't have any memory of any actual financial help."
M/S Bag with damaged jewels *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Claudia Bertoldi, owner of San Marco Jewelry (Italian): "We cannot open the business and we've lost our revenues for many days. But we still have to pay rent."
C/U Jewels on display
W/S Street
M/S Lavena Cafe sign
W/S Interior of cafe
M/S Damages inside Caffe Lavena
SOT, Massimo Lavena, Caffe Lavena manager (Italian): "Inside, we had one meter of water basically, so it damaged especially the electrical parts, floors, and at the moment we are trying to fix everything to be able to open again."
M/S Water line *CUTAWAY*
W/S Heater drying *CUTAWAY*
M/S Broken floor *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Massimo Lavena, Caffe Lavena manager (Italian): "They said that they have declared the state of calamity. When we'll have a damage plan and list, we have to hand in a complaint and wait to see if they will redress us in any way."
W/S Interior of cafe
M/S Water line
M/S Venice residents walking past canal
W/S Venice flooded
M/S Helping campaign poster on window shop
W/S Gondolas in Venice
SCRIPT
Shops and other businesses in Venice are struggling to reopen as they deal with severe damage from last week's floods, as seen in footage shot on Tuesday.
Despite the Italian government promises of financial help, many expressed scepticism and felt "helpless."
"We cannot open the business and we've lost our revenues for many days", said the owner of a jewellery shop on the iconic San Marco's Square.
Others hoped to receive financial redress, following the city declaration of a "state of calamity."
The 'acqua alta,' or winter flooding, reached 187cm (73 inches) last Tuesday, the highest level since the record of 194 cm set in 1966.