One dead and a dozen missing after a landslide in Italy

One dead and a dozen missing after a landslide in Italy

Heavy rain triggered a landslide on the southern Italian resort island of Ischia. The collapse destroyed buildings and dragged dozens of vehicles into the sea, leaving at least one dead and up to 12 missing.

A woman was found dead and 12 others remain missing on the southern Italian resort island of Ischia after a landslide affected buildings and vehicles following heavy rain on Saturday, according to authorities.

Claudio Palomba, prefect of Naples, confirmed at a press conference that the woman’s body was pulled out of the mud. “Currently the confirmed death toll is one, a woman. Eight have been found missing, including a child, and there are still a dozen missing,” said Palomba, adding that a hundred people who lived nearby have been evacuated. of the detachment area.

As the rain did not let up, rescuers worked cautiously with small bulldozers to search twenty or twenty feet of mud for possible victims. Reinforcements arrived by ferry, including teams of sniffer dogs to help with the search.

The force of the mud that slid down the mountainside just before dawn was strong enough to send vehicles and buses hurtling towards the beaches and into the sea at the port of Casamicciola, on the northern tip of the island, which is located against Naples.

“There are some difficulties in the rescue operations because the weather conditions remain challenging,” Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi said.

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