Emergency teams search for eleven missing on the southern Italian island of Ischia after a landslide that left at least one person dead and prompted the government to call a meeting to declare a state of emergency.
An avalanche of mud and debris, triggered by heavy rains, devastated the small town of Casamicciola Terme, in the north of the island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples on Saturday morning.
Until now, The mudslide caused one fatality, 11 missing, four injured, some 15 houses destroyed and some 167 displaced; as reported by the prefect of Naples, Claudio Palomba, at the end of the meeting of the Rescue Coordination Center, the ANSA and AFP news agencies reported.
According to the rescue teams, the missing must be members of two families and there must be at least 2 minors (one newborn) and an elderly woman.
The only confirmed fatality so far is Eleonora Sirabella31, who lived with his partner, still missing, in the Rarone area, one of the most affected by the mud that suddenly erupted downhill to the sea.
Rescuers worked through the night on Saturday in Casamicciola hoping to find those missing from the avalanche that leveled cars and houses, invaded neighborhoods and destroyed homes or left them inaccessible, but the strong wind blowing on the island makes operations difficult. they continued in any way, as reported by the Italian news agency ANSA.
The damage is enormous. The landslide came down from Mount Epomeo, behind the island’s hamletas happened in November 2009, and dragged boulders and debris that caused destruction and landslides.
The Council of Ministers met this Sunday at the Chigi Palace, to examine the following agenda: a declaration of the state of emergency as a consequence of the exceptional meteorological phenomena that occurred in the territory of the island of Ischia.
“We hope that the government appoints an extraordinary commissioner also for the hydrogeological aspect, the state of disasters and additional funds,” said the president of the Campania Region, Vincenzo De Luca, in an interview with RAI News.
Emergency teams were searching for 11 missing on the southern Italian island of Ischia after a landslide that killed at least one person and prompted the government to call a meeting to declare a state of emergency. pic.twitter.com/dOiiX3iYxW
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