The continuous rainfalls of last March triggered off the landslide at Montaguto, in the province of Avellino, once again. Guido Bertolaso, Head of the Department is Commissioner Delegate for the Monteguto emergency nominated by ordinance 3868 on 21 April last. This is how the civil protection coordination begins for making the area safe and controlling the landslide that had interrupted the railway line connecting the capital/Naples with Puglia.
After a meeting held on 19th March at the civil Protection Department, Regione Campania requested a State of Emergency in order to accomplish the new urgent works. The declaration of State of Emergency was signed by the Prime Minister on 16 April.
This landslide had already moved in the past. A State of Emergency was declared by Prime Minister Decree on 12 May 2006 and on 13 July the same year, ordinance 3532 established the first urgent works, completed in June 2007, and appointed the president of Regione Campania as Commissioner Delegate.
In spite of these works, in September last year the landslide started to move again, involving the main road S.S. n. 90 “Delle Puglie" once again, up until the Benevento-Foggia section of the railway line was closed on 10 March 2010 subsequent to being invaded by landslide material.
On 25 May, the State Railways, the operator assigned by the Commissioner Delegate to restore traffic back to normal along the Benevento-Foggia railway line, informs that regular service will be restored – along this section – in early June.
The main road SS 90 by-pass is opened on 10th July after the works, coordinated by civil protection technical experts, of taking away the debris, levelling out the roadbed, adjusting the guardrail, tar sealing and repairing and replacing the signs and signals also horizontal, along a section of road 480 metres long and almost 8 metres wide.