Several lacking after landslide on Italian vacation island

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Heavy rains lashed southern Ischia island, inflicting floods and triggering a landslide, leaving 100 stranded.

A landslide triggered by heavy rains on the Italian vacation island of Ischia has dragged vehicles into the ocean, precipitated homes to break down, left dozens stranded and several other lacking.

There have been deaths feared, however authorities ministers contradicted themselves over a potential loss of life toll.

Speaking from the firefighters’ emergency coordination centre, inside minister Matteo Piantedosi mentioned on Saturday that no deaths had been confirmed.

“At the moment there are no confirmed deaths, there are some difficulties in the rescue operations because the weather conditions are still challenging,” Piantedosi advised reporters in Rome.

However, Infrastructure Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini mentioned earlier that eight folks had been killed.

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Damaged vehicles slid into the ocean following a landslide on the Italian vacation island of Ischia, on November 26, 2022. [Ciro de Luca/Reuters]

The fireplace service tweeted {that a} storm that began at 04:00 GMT precipitated flooding and landslides on Ischia, a volcanic island within the Tyrrhenian Sea about 30km (19 miles) off Naples within the south of the nation.

Ferries to and from Ischia have been suspended. The island is legendary for its scorching springs and is well-liked with Italian and overseas vacationers.

“Searches are under way for any missing people,” in Casamicciola Terme, one among six small cities on the island, the fireplace service mentioned.

The mud dragged vehicles and buses downhill, with at the very least one automobile swept into the ocean. Two folks have been rescued from the automobile, it tweeted.

Rescue staff have been experiencing difficulties in reaching the island through motorboats and helicopters from Naples due to the unhealthy climate.

Officials in control of the Naples area, which incorporates Ischia, mentioned at the very least 12 folks have been lacking.

Italian information company ANSA reported that 10 buildings had collapsed.

Meanwhile, the mayor urged residents to remain home and 100 folks have been stranded in remoted elements of the island.

Photos and broadcast photos confirmed folks gathering their belonging from properties soaked with water and dirt.

Casamicciola Terme was hit by an earthquake in 2017, by which two folks died.

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