Coffins in Naples hung in the air after a cemetery collapsed

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SSeveral coffins were left hanging in the air after a cemetery collapsed in Naples, Italy.

The collapse of the marble burial niche left many bodies exposed, according the ANSA Press Agency. The structure is believed to have collapsed due to recent rains.

The funerary niche was four stories high, according the Guardian, and at least a dozen coffins remained hanging in the air. The collapse occurred in Naples’ largest and oldest cemetery, Poggioreale Cemetery, and is the second such incident to occur this year.

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“The collapse happened at 2:03 p.m. and after 15 minutes I was here with the firefighters. This morning we wanted a technical table with the prefect of Naples in the presence of the mayor and with the firefighters and the local health authorities. For a few minutes we have completed the inspection to assess the adjacent chapels and perhaps we will expand the currently prohibited area. In the next few days we will also assess the most distant chapels, “said Vincenzo Santagada, an adviser from Naples responsible for cemeteries, according Internapoli.

The collapse prompted protests outside the cemetery, mostly by relatives of the deceased residents. They complained that authorities neglected cemeteries and did not do enough to prevent such collapses from happening, especially after the event earlier this year. In this previous incident, which took place in a building in another part of the cemetery, 300 burial niches were destroyed.

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“This is a critical and unacceptable situation. For too many years the cemeteries of Naples have been mismanaged and left to fend for themselves, falling prey to crooks and profiteers,” Francesco Emilio Borelli, regional councilor for the Europa Verde party, said in a Facebook post. according to Guardian.

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