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article imageAncient Pompeii wall collapses, making the third this week

By Megan Morreale     Mar 3, 2014 in Travel
A wall collapsed in the ancient Roman city Pompeii, making this the third collapse of the ancient Roman city in the past three days.
The UNESCO world heritage site began crumbling after a week of heavy rain, reported the Italy authorities.
Pompeii is one of the country's most popular attractions, having been preserved under a blanket of ash after a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. A series of recent collapses have caused an international outcry towards Italy's mismanagement of its cultural sites.
Most recently, the wall of a tomb and part of an arch supporting a Temple of Venus collapsed, reported Reuters.
The new damage may increase pressure on new culture minister Dario Franceschini at an emergency meeting on Tuesday, which he called after the wall of a tomb and part of an arch supporting a Temple of Venus perished over the weekend due to heavy rainfall.
The latest wall collapse was part of a workshop located on a street called Via Nola in the ancient city. At the boundary of the site, it was an area of particular risk from the collection of water swelling the excavated ground after a rainfall.
Securing those areas was one aim of the Great Pompeii Project, a 105 million euro ($145.02 million) restoration plan partly funded by the European Union and launched a year ago, reported Reuters.
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