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Torrential rain causes landslides on the Italian island of Ischia

Torrential rain causes landslides on the Italian island of Ischia

Thirteen people are missing on the Italian resort island of Ischia after a landslide caused by heavy rain.

Torrential rain causes landslides on the Italian island of Ischia

ANSA, citing local police, said that buildings were engulfed in mud and water reportedly reached the first floors of the houses.

Torrential rain causes landslides on the Italian island of Ischia

The rainstorm, according to authorities, began at 4:00 a.m., sweeping away parked vehicles and even a boat, making it difficult to get to the island for help.


Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi said that it has not been possible to confirm whether there were victims. While earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said that eight victims were caused by the situation.

Torrential rain causes landslides on the Italian island of Ischia

Dozens of people are believed to be missing, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Torrential rain causes landslides on the Italian island of Ischia

Gianna Capuano, an Italian civil protection official, told Sky TG24 that a small child was also among the missing.

Torrential rain causes landslides on the Italian island of Ischia

Local authorities are urging residents to stay at home to prevent emergency services from providing the necessary assistance.