This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Italy: Palermo cemetery stores coffins in tent as hundreds await burial amid backlog02:55

Italy: Palermo cemetery stores coffins in tent as hundreds await burial amid backlog

Italy, Palermo
January 22, 2021 at 02:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

Coffins were being stored in a temporary tent at a cemetery in Palermo on Thursday, as hundreds of caskets piled up at the facility awaiting burial.

According to local media, there are over 600 coffins stored at Santa Maria Dei Rotoli's Cemetery in the Sicilian city, with coffins stacked up all over the facility, where the crematorium has been out of commission since April 2020.

The situation has been aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic, which has not only caused an increased number of deaths but has seen burials hindered by lockdown restrictions.

"Our cemeteries are saturated. We have no more space to put our dead," explained the Chairman of Palermo municipality's cemetery commission Gianluca Inzerillo.

"The pandemic has inevitably aggravated the situation, the data obviously says so. The number of bodies entering our cemeteries has increased significantly," Inzerillo added.

Italy has been one of the hardest-hit countries by the coronavirus, recording 2,428,221 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 84,202 related deaths since the start of the pandemic according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Italy: Palermo cemetery stores coffins in tent as hundreds await burial amid backlog02:55
No Account? Sign up!
Top downloads in last 24 hours
Show more
Description

Coffins were being stored in a temporary tent at a cemetery in Palermo on Thursday, as hundreds of caskets piled up at the facility awaiting burial.

According to local media, there are over 600 coffins stored at Santa Maria Dei Rotoli's Cemetery in the Sicilian city, with coffins stacked up all over the facility, where the crematorium has been out of commission since April 2020.

The situation has been aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic, which has not only caused an increased number of deaths but has seen burials hindered by lockdown restrictions.

"Our cemeteries are saturated. We have no more space to put our dead," explained the Chairman of Palermo municipality's cemetery commission Gianluca Inzerillo.

"The pandemic has inevitably aggravated the situation, the data obviously says so. The number of bodies entering our cemeteries has increased significantly," Inzerillo added.

Italy has been one of the hardest-hit countries by the coronavirus, recording 2,428,221 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 84,202 related deaths since the start of the pandemic according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.