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Heavy rain triggers Pompeii landslide

Historic retaining walls within Pompeii have partially collapsed following a landslide that is believed to have been triggered by heavy rain.

Italian officials have said that the area affected lies within a garden at the house of Severus and falls within the current “Great Pompeii” restoration work so had already been closed to the public.

The fire service is currently assessing the damage to determine the risk of further collapse around the landslide and has undertaken shoring work to minimise further damage.

The landslide and wall collapse is the latest in a number of similar events at Pompeii. Preventing such failures is a key focus of the Great Pompeii project.

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