Saturday, March 8, 2014
Damaged Pompeii to receive Italy rescue fund
A number of structures, including the Temple of Venus and Roma, were damaged by heavy rainfall on Sunday and Monday. The decay prompted calls for action from the European Union and the United Nations.
Heavy rain washed away the walls of this tomb area in Pompeii [Credit: AAP/BBC]
The site, where volcanic ash smothered a Roman city in AD79, has suffered slow degradation for many years. It is one of the world's greatest archaeological treasures. Every year, some 2.5m tourists visit Pompeii, which sits near the southern city of Naples.
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