One dead and a dozen missing leaves a landslide in Italy

The Italian emergency teams are working this Saturday to search for the ten missing people left by a landslide on the island of Ischia (south) caused by torrential rains last night and for now they have recovered the body of a woman.

The Government delegate in Naples, Claudio Palomba, confirmed this balance at a press conference but stressed that it is a provisional count as there are “between 10 and 12 people” whose whereabouts are unknown and who do not respond to calls.

“The situation is very difficult because it deals with people who are probably under the mud,” explained the Minister of the Interior, Matteo Piantedosi, on public television.

The island of Ischia, facing the Gulf of Naples, registered tonight torrential rains that caused flooding and a serious landslide that violently dragged everything in its path in the municipality of Casamicciola, on its north face.

A part of a mountain gave way and reached several houses in the town, which are being searched with great effort and difficulties by emergency teams, reinforced with units arriving from Naples and other points.

The images that come from Ischia, a volcanic island famous for its hot springs, are of devastation and chaos, with houses collapsed, streets littered with rocks and uprooted trees, and cars and buses washed up on the very shore.

In these conditions, aggravated by the rains and the darkness of the night, experts try to find possible survivors or victims: “The situation is very difficult because they are people who are probably under the mud,” Piantedosi illustrated.

The balance also indicates that several people had to be hospitalized, including a boy in serious condition due to severe trauma to the thorax, while eight others initially given up by those who had disappeared ended up showing signs of life.

Some 200 residents of Casamicciola have had to be evacuated and are being assisted in a stadium near the town.

The Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, follows the situation from Rome while her Foreign and Culture Ministers, Antonio Tajani and Gennaro Sangiuliano, arrived at the scene, who had come to Naples for the premiere of the Teatro San Carlo, finally postponed.

EFE

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