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Hundreds of coffins fall into the sea following collapse of an Italian cemetery

February 24, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A landslide on the Italian coast near Genoa caused the collapse of a cemetery Monday, leading to hundreds of coffins falling into the sea.

(CNN)A landslide on the Italian coast near Genoa caused the collapse of a cemetery Monday, leading to hundreds of coffins falling into the sea.

The Camogli cemetery, built more than 100 years ago, is situated along an area of rocky seaside cliffs.

It is estimated that 200 coffins had fallen, but only 10 have been recovered, according to Giacomo Giampedrone, regional assessor of civil protection.

"We were doing work on a portion of the rocky coast -- it was close to the area that fell today,"Olivari told CNN on Monday.

He said that they called officials at the Office of Civil Protection in Liguria to intervene and evaluate the situation.

"This type of collapse that happened today is very hard to detect or to predict," Olivari said.

"This area is subject to this type of collapse -- it's very fragile. "

Giampedrone said the port authority of Genoa blocked the coastal area below the cemetery Monday night to keep the coffins from floating out to sea.

On Tuesday after surveying the site, officials said they will continue work on recovering the coffins and corpses.

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