ROME (AFP) – (October 27, 2011) The cultural heritage wing of Italy’s main labour union UIL has urged better surveillance of the ancient city of Pompeii after an ancient wall collapsed on Saturday following flash floods
The call for improved watchfulness comes a day after the EU promised 105 million euros ($147 million) to help urgently restore the site near Naples over the next four years.
According the union, quoted by the Ansa news agency, a further small collape on Thursday in part of the renowned Diomedes house showed "the need to start verifying operations as quickly as possible."
"Everything should be checked otherwise we’ll be looking at a whole series of collapses," UIL said.
Several parts of Pompeii’s ancient buildings have fallen into a state of disrepair in recent years, prompting fierce international criticism.
Part of an ancient wall collapedon Saturday following flash floods and storms across the country, reigniting calls for urgent action to save the ancient city.
Weather conditions have also contributed to the site’s deterioration.
Last November, heavy rain - and the use of cement in renovation work - were blamed for the collapse of Pompeii’s famous gladiators’ house as well as another wall at the site.
Perfectly preserved after being buried under the lava from a Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD, Pompeii is one of the world’s most popular archaelogical wonders.
It was classed a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1997.