Italy declares Pompeii emergency

From the article:
The ancient city of Pompeii has fallen into such disrepair that the Italian government has declared a “state of emergency” in a bid to save the ruins.

Ministers intend to appoint a special commissioner to oversee the site, and have earmarked extra funding for it.

According to analysts, the ruins have suffered from lack of investment, mismanagement, litter and looting.

Pompeii was buried by a volcanic eruption in AD79 and was not rediscovered until the 18th Century.

The volcanic debris preserved many of the city’s buildings, frescos, silverware, mosaics and other artefacts.

But experts complain that the relics are now in danger.

“Every year at least 150 sq m (1,600 sq ft) of fresco and plasterwork are lost for lack of maintenance,” Antonio Irlando, a regional councillor responsible for artistic heritage, told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

“The same goes for stones: at least 3,000 pieces every year end up disintegrating,” he said.

Read the article here.
There is also a short video describing the situation.


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