Landslide in Italy: one dead and 10 people missing on the island of Ischia


One person has been killed and 10 others are missing after heavy rain caused a landslide on the Italian holiday island of Ischia on Saturday.

As of Sunday morning, eight people had been rescued and 209 others evacuated from the area where the landslide occurred, the Campania prefectural office told CNN.

Search and rescue operations were underway in the small town of Casamicciola Terme and reinforcements were sent from Naples, Italian firefighters said, but weather conditions complicated the search, the Italian protection department said on Saturday. civil to CNN.

The operations were coordinated by the Naples prefecture, authorities told CNN. Seventy firefighters are currently on the island to help with search and rescue, Italian firefighters said in a tweet.

Ischia, in the Gulf of Naples, was hit by torrential rain early on Saturday, damaging cars, buildings and roads.

Videos and images shared by local and national authorities earlier today showed the destruction in the port town of Casamicciola Terme.

Damaged cars lie in the street after Saturday's landslide.

“This is a moment of pain and great urgency,” said Vincenzo De Luca, governor of the Campania region, where the island is located, on Saturday, thanking Italian Prime Minister Meloni for his close contact and message of solidarity. .

Meloni said on Twitter that she was in contact with local authorities, expressing solidarity with residents and thanking the emergency services.

Ischia Mayor Enzo Ferrandino called the incident a “tragedy” and urged people not to leave their homes, news agency ANSA reports.

In February 2021, a landslide on the Italian coast near Genoa caused a cemetery to collapse, leading to hundreds of coffins falling into the sea.


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