Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Sybaris authorities appeal for help after recent flooding


Cosenza, January 29 - The mayor of Cassano allo
Jonio in the southern region of Calabria on Monday appealed to
President Giorgio Napolitano for help in tackling the emergency
at the local Sybaris archaeological site due to recent flooding.
The ancient remains were overrun by 200,000 cubic metres of
water on January 18 after the nearby river Crati burst its banks
following heavy rainfall.
Since then the fire and civil protection departments have
been working to pump the water out of the site but there is
concern over the remaining mud, which could become difficult to
Meanwhile numerous individuals and associations have
offered to help with clean-up operations and Italy's academic
community has also rallied in support of the site, whose remains
testify to the three successive settlements, the Greek colonies
of Sybaris and Thurii and the Roman city of Copia, that once
stood there.
There is concern particularly for the Roman remains (2nd
century BC-7th century AD), which lie closest to the surface and
are rich in frescoes and mosaics.
Here "the force of the water, which covered five hectares
in the Parco del Cavallo area, even caused walls to crumble,"
site director Silvana Lupino said.
The priority now is to quantify the damage, with the cost
of restoration possibly running to hundreds of thousands of
Lupino said it would "take months" to remove the mud with
the help of "specialised teams" in support of the site's
technical staff.
The excavations have been temporarily closed to the public
although the management hopes they will reopen in time for the
summer tourist season.

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