An area of rocky seaside cliffs on the Italian coast near Genoa was the scene of a landslide on Monday, which caused a cemetery there to collapse.
CNN reported that the collapse of Camogli cemetery caused hundreds of coffins to fall into the sea. The cemetery was built along the rocky cliffs of the seaside over 100 years ago.
Francesco Olivari, the mayor of Camogli, called the collapse an “unimaginable disaster”, CNN cited.
Although the number of fallen coffins is estimated at 200, CNN quoted Giacomo Giampedrone, regional civil protection assessor, who said that “only 10 have been recovered”, and that the recovery of the rest “will depend on the sea in the coming days”.
Ongoing maintenance along the fragile coast area was abruptly halted on Saturday, after workers noticed cracks in the rock, CNN mentionned.
CNN quoted Olivari, who told them on Monday: “We were working on part of the rocky coastline – it was near the area that fell today.” He added: “Some signs of cracks have been observed. We have decided to close the cemetery.
Olivari said CNN that officials of the Civil Protection Office in Liguria were called to “intervene and assess the situation”. He explained that drones are being used by a team of geologists in the department, “to get a better idea of the damage and determine if there is a risk of another landslide.”
“This type of collapse that has happened today is very difficult to detect or predict,” Olivari said. “This area is prone to this type of collapse – it is very fragile”, CNN cited.
Giampedrone said that on Monday evening, in order to prevent the coffins from floating towards the sea, the coastal area below the cemetery was blocked off by the Port Authority of Genoa, CNN reported.
CNN added that after inspecting the site, officials said on Tuesday that work to recover the coffins and corpses would continue.