Friday, February 26, 2021

Landslide carries 100-year-old cemetery into the sea [photos]

Hundreds of coffins and two chapels fell into the sea after a landslide caused a portion of a cliffside cemetery in northwestern Italy to collapse earlier this week.

Workers captured footage of the walls of the traditional Italian cemetery cracking before falling over the cliffs of Camogli, a fishing village near Genoa.

Photos have emerged following the Feb. 22 landslide which show the stripped cliffside as well as coffins floating in the muddy water below. The coffins fell into the Tyrrhenian Sea, which is a part of the Mediterranean Sea.

According to CNN, the Camogli cemetery, built more than 100 years ago, is situated along an area of rocky seaside cliffs. Francesco Olivari, the mayor of village, called the collapse an "unimaginable catastrophe."

"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."

According to a local news outlet, safety nets were in place to prevent the collapse of the cemetery.

Divers from the local fire brigade, in addition to the coast guard, have been assisting in the search.