Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Italy approves €2m repair work for Pompeii after series of collapses

Culture minister holds emergency meeting with archaeologists after heavy rains cause walls to crumble in ancient city

A collapsed section of the wall of an ancient shop in Pompeii, Italy. Photograph: Salvatore La Porta/AP
Citing "utmost urgency," Italy has approved work to repair walls in ancient Pompeii that collapsed after heavy rains, and authorised spending €2m (£1.6m) on routine maintenance.
The decisions were made on Tuesday in Rome after a hastily convened meeting of the culture minister with archaeological experts.

On Sunday, stones from an arch and a stretch of wall collapsed in the popular tourist site. Then, on Monday, a wall of an ancient shop collapsed.

Similar collapses in recent years have prompted an infusion of funds, but only a fraction of the €105m earmarked for the "Great Pompeii" rehabilitation project has been spent. Bureaucracy is blamed in part.

Italy's culture ministry said on Tuesday that priority would also be given to work to reduce flood risk in unexcavated areas.

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