February 7, 2023

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Landslide in Italy: 8 dead confirmed on the island of Ischia

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At least eight people have been confirmed dead after a landslide hit the Italian island of Ischia on Saturday, damaging buildings and destroying transport infrastructure.

Five people are still missing, the governor of the Campania prefectural office in south-western Italy told Eureka News Now on Monday.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on Sunday declared a state of emergency over what she called “extraordinary flood and landslide events” following torrential rains in the Gulf of Naples.

Videos and images shared by local and national authorities showed the destruction in the Ischia port town of Casamicciola Terme. The island is off the Italian coast, west of the city of Naples.

Campania Governor Vincenzo De Luca said in a statement on Monday that the region had allocated around $4 million “to address urgent needs related to the Ischia landslide.”

He added the administration will “ensure adequate services for displaced families housed in temporary shelters.”

Landslide in Italy: 8 dead confirmed on the island of Ischia

The landslide left damaged buses among the rubble.

On Sunday, the governor told a press conference that houses on Ischia that did not meet building codes were partly responsible for the damage, adding that they would have to be demolished.

The Italian government also began distributing 2 million euros ($2.08 million) in aid and assistance to local people affected by the landslide, according to a statement over the weekend.