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New collapse reported at Pompeii after EU talks

'There will be more cave-ins', says union

27 October, 13:09
New collapse reported at Pompeii after EU talks (ANSA) - Rome, October 27 - Italian archaeologists were assessing the damage at Pompeii after a new collapse was reported at the popular historic site on Thursday.

Officials from the Uil labour union reported the collapse in the Domus of Diomede on Via Consolare, where two modern walls crumbled in the past few days after heavy storms.

There was an outcry last Friday when an eight-square metre section of a wall fell near the Nola Gate.

Sources told ANSA that the Superintendent for Archaeology in Naples and Pompeii, Maria Teresa Cinquantaquattro, and other experts were looking at the latest damage with police, but declined to confirm what happened.

"Everything needs to be checked, otherwise there will be a series of more collapses," an official from Uil said. The European Union on Wednesday pledged to step up supervision of Pompeii and provide more funds in future to protect one of Italy's most popular historic sites.

On a visit to Rome the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said that the EU would make "constant checks" on proposals for Pompeii.

Hahn met Culture Minister Giancarlo Galan and other ministers in Rome for urgent talks.

Last November there was a collapse in the House of the Gladiators which drew criticism from UNESCO and the European Union.

Pompeii was destroyed when a volcanic eruption from nearby Mount Vesuvius buried the city in ash in 79 AD and it now attracts more than two million visitors a year.

Polemics about looting, stray dogs, structural decay and poor maintenance have dogged Pompeii in recent years.

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