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Wall collapses at Pompeii amid wave of bad weather

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Pompeii, November 30 - A stone wall collapsed at
the Pompeii archaeological site on Friday, probably due to the
wave of bad weather that is currently battering Italy.
The wall was in an area of the site that had been sealed
off from the public for work to make it safe.
The collapse involved roughly two cubic meters of the wall,
which was part of the Regio VI archeological area uncovered in
the 19th century.
Frescoes were not reported to be damaged.
After recent collapses in the past two years, there has
been growing concern about Italy's ability to protect the
2,000-year-old site from further degradation and the impact
of the local mafia, the Camorra.
In April this year a wall surrounding an ancient Pompeii
villa collapsed just two weeks after the Italian government
launched a joint 105-million-euro project with the European
Union to save the UNESCO World Heritage site.
In February a yard-long piece of plaster fell off the
ancient Temple of Jupiter.
In late December a pillar collapsed in the garden of the
House of Loreius Tiburtinus, famous for its extensive
gardens and outdoor ornamentation, in particular its Euripi,
fountains that feature many frescoes and statuettes.
In November 2010 there was a collapse in the House of the
Gladiators which drew criticism from UNESCO and the European
Union.
It was followed soon after by a collapse at the famed House
of the Moralist, spurring further criticism from international
conservation groups.
In October 2010 there were another three minor cave-ins,
including one at the House of Diomedes, after a fresh bout of
heavy rain and an outcry when an eight-square-metre section
of a wall fell near the Nola Gate.
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.

photo: archival pic of Pompeii ruins

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