Vast majority of dumped mail not in fit state to be delivered

The vast majority of the nearly 40,000 letters found dumped in Břeclav, south Moravia last week are in such a poor state that they cannot be delivered to their intended recipients, a spokesperson for Czech Post said on Wednesday. The few thousand letters whose addresses are still legible should be delivered in the next week. Over 70 bags of undelivered mail posted between 2001 and 2006 were discovered dumped in a lift shaft in Břeclav at the end of last week; the contents were originally believed to amount to 63,000 letters. Police are investigating what Czech Post admitted was its biggest disaster ever.

author: Ian Willoughby

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