London, Mar 5 ANI | 7 months ago

The government of Italy has revealed that it will unblock 2 million euros in emergency funding to save the ancient city of Pompeii, after flooding caused the walls to collapse.


A number of structures, including the Temple of Venus and Roma, were damaged by heavy rainfall on Sunday and Monday, the BBC reported.

The decay prompted calls for action from the European Union and the United Nations.

The site, where volcanic ash smothered a Roman city in AD79, has suffered slow degradation for many years.

Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said he was "unblocking many measures which will get the machine working".

He added the EU could be "sure that Italy is taking care of Pompeii, both in terms of emergency measures and in the long term".

(Posted on 05-03-2014)

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