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Bad weather collapses wall at Pompeii

A restorer works in the ancient Roman city Pompeii

Heavy rain and wind have caused a wall to collapse by a major road in the ancient city of Pompeii.

A series of collapses in Pompeii over the last month led Italian media to dub it a “Black November” for the ancient city, preserved under ash from a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D. and rediscovered in the 18th century, revealing a time capsule of daily life in Roman times.

The European Union launched a 105 million euro ($140 million) restoration project for the UNESCO World Heritage site in February but work has only partially begun as bids by companies for contracts are still being assessed, according to a site official.

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Story: Naomi O’Leary, Reuters | Photo: Ciro De Luca, Reuters

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