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On the Italian Riviera, part of the cemetery collapsed into the sea, sending 200 coffins down a cliff.

Residents were shocked at the sight of coffins floating in the Ligurian Sea near the village of Camogli, probably containing their loved ones.

On Tuesday afternoon local time, eleven caskets were taken out of the water.

It listed only five of them.

Operations were still continuing but could take time as experts cautioned that sections of the cliff surrounding the landslide were still unstable.

The cemetery sits 70 metres above sea level on a hill.

Before the landslide, there had been questions about its protection and work to stabilize the cliff was underway.

The cemetery was closed to the public and there were no confirmed injuries.

The collapse was thought to have occurred due to the erosion of the underlying cliff, made more serious by the severe coastal storms that have hit the region in the last few years.

An inquiry was launched by the local prosecutor’s office into the cause of the collapse.

Nobody was convicted.

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