Deadly landslide tears through Italian island of Ischia

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Deadly landslide tears through Italian island of Ischia

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Damage wreaked by the mudslide, including destroyed houses
Image caption,The mudslide dragged debris and trees down the mountains towards the coast of the island of Ischia

By Laura Gozzi

BBC News

A number of people are feared to have been killed after a mudslide triggered by heavy rains swept away homes on the island of Ischia, near Naples.

The torrent of mud and debris dislodged trees, engulfed buildings and dragged cars into the sea as it reached the coast early on Saturday.

The body of a woman was reported to have been found under the mud, and several other people are still missing.

Dozens of homes are cut off and some people are reportedly stuck in a hotel.

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Resident Lisa Mocciaro told Ansa news agency: “We started hearing loud thunder at about 03:00 (02:00 GMT), then the first landslide came down, followed by a second one around 05:00. It was horrifying.”

Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi told reporters the situation was “very complicated” and that the people missing were believed to be trapped under the mud. Up to 155mm of rain fell over the course of six hours.

Cars are seen in the sea following the landslide on Ischia
Image caption,Cars were swept into the sea by the mudslide

Heavy rains have been battering Campania, the region surrounding Naples and Ischia, for several days. A weather warning for rainfall and strong winds is in place until Sunday.

On Thursday, two people were killed due to bad weather in the region. An Argentine tourist drowned after being swept into the sea during a coastal storm, while a man was struck by lighting on a beach.

Local authorities are urging residents to stay home to avoid hindering emergency services.

Earlier, Infrastructure Minister Mat

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