A strong tornado hit Italy's Venice and its lagoon on Tuesday, causing big damage to local environment, local media said.
Hundreds of trees were destroyed by the storm which hit the renowned northern city and some small islands of its lagoon including Sant'Elena, Sant'Erasmo and Certosa.
According to local civil protection agency, the tornado that caused "heavy loss" also damaged several buildings and boats.
Some 15 children who were attending a sailing course in the Venice lagoon were rescued by police after they trapped in the container in which they had taken refuge, according to Corriere della Sera newspaper.
In 1970, one of the most deadly tornados ever to hit Italy struck the Venetian lagoon drowning 21 people aboard a motorboat that was seized into the air and then capsized in the waters.
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