Rome – A landslide swept away a cemetery on the edge of a cliff in the northern Italian region of Liguria, about 200 coffins and carcasses scattered across a hill and across the Mediterranean Sea.
Scuba divers managed to evacuate 12 coffins from the sea by Wednesday after a landslide in Camogli town, about eight miles north of Portofino, two days earlier. Most of the coffins from the cemetery remained scattered under and around the rubble due to landslides.
Relatives of those buried in the cemetery gathered in the main square of the seaside town to receive the news and what they said was opposed by the local authorities.
“It was the only place where I could see my parents and talk to them,” 66-year-old Clara Terrillay, owner of a shoe store in Camogli, said in a phone interview Wednesday. “Now I’m not giving up anything.”
According to Italy’s National Council of Geologists, in recent years a landslide was caused by the erosion of rock beneath the cemetery deteriorated by a storm off the stormy Ligurian coast.
“The incident hit the community emotionally hard,” said Francesco Olivari, mayor of Camogli. “The entire Liguria is characterized by these events, it was difficult to overcome it,” he said.
Landslide, which occurred off the coast of Genoa, where there was a bridge Collapsed in 2018 Outrage over the killing of 43 people, lack of maintenance of infrastructure in Italy and the prevention of natural disasters. Prosecutors in Genoa have investigated the collapse of the cemetery.
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The landslide shows that “a lack of maintenance that we geologists have been representing for years,” National Council of Geologists secretary Domico Angelone Said in a statement. Despite their “high social, moral and cultural values”, the cemeteries are often built in makeshift locations and have suffered a “lack of attention” in recent years, he said.
The city had begun work to strengthen the rock by the cemetery and the area was annexed in recent days by authorities noticing the crack and recalling some. Mayor Mr. Olivari said. Some locals protested that they had been reporting cracks and problems with the cemetery structure for years.
Leela Mariotti, a resident of Camogli Posted on facebook A photo of the crack in the walls of the cemetery he said he sent to the mayor in 2012. “I never got an answer,” she wrote.
Ms Terrail said she wrote a report of a crack in front of her father’s tomb in the town hall in 2007, but she too never received a reply. He said that in 2019, he reported more cracks and the town hall fixed them. A few weeks ago, on a visit to the cemetery, he noticed that the same cracks had reoccurred.
“I hope my parents are among the dead bodies they have found,” she said. “I don’t even have a place where I can get a flower.”
Mayor Mr. Olivari said the city had established psychological support for the affected families.
The regional authorities sought help from the National Rescue Services since the operation to search for coffins and corpses that depended on security on the reef, which was in danger of falling further.
For now, scuba divers can only save coffins floating in the ocean, as most others are buried under landslide debris, said Giacomo Gimpedron, a top regional civilian security officer.