Italian Cemetery Collapses into Mediterranean Sea

Monday, an estimated 200 coffins fell into the sea following a landslide on the Italian coast near Genoa, which caused the collapse of the Camogli cemetery.

The cemetery was built over a century ago and is located along rocky seaside cliffs.

Mayor of Camogli, Francesco Olivari described the collapse as an “unimaginable catastrophe.”

Of the estimated 200 coffins, only 10 have been recovered. Giacomo Giampedrone, the regional assessor of civil protection, says recovering the coffins “will depend on the sea in the coming days.”

Giampedrone further revealed that the Port Authority of Genoa blocked the coastal area below the cemetery to keep the coffins from floating out to sea.

Officials say they will continue to search for and recover the fallen coffins and corpses.


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