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Landslide due to bad weather in Casamicciola on the island of Ischia. Salvini: ‘Eight victims’

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“There are eight confirmed dead from the landslide in Ischia”. This was stated by the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Matteo Salvini during the inauguration of the new M4 subway in Milan. “There are rescuers who work in difficult conditions – he concluded – If it is cared for and protected, this is the most beautiful country in the world”.

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”At the moment we have no confirmed deaths”. This was stated by the prefect of Naples, Claudio Palomba, speaking to the press to take stock of the current situation in Casamicciola.

Currently in the area of ​​via Celario, in Casamicciola, it is estimated that there are at least 30 families trapped in their homes and that they are without water and without electricity. In total there are about 100 people who have yet to be reached. The road that leads to their homes, via Santa Barbara, is currently impassable due to the mud, boulders and debris that are blocking it and they are trying to free it with various earth-moving machines and dewatering pumps.

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The number of people who are currently missing in Casamicciola, on the island of Ischia, rises to 13 after this morning’s landslide caused by bad weather. Among the missing a family made up of a husband, wife and a newborn baby and a 25-year-old who were in two houses overwhelmed by the mud along via Celario. Dozens of cars and houses overwhelmed by a large mass of water, mud and debris.

“There are 20-30 isolated families and a dozen collapsed buildings”. This was reported by the mayor of Lacco Ameno, Giacomo Pascale, in connection with the other mayors of the area and the prefecture.

According to what has been learned, in addition to the five missing persons found in Casamicciola, there is currently no news of a family made up of a father, mother and two children who live upstream of Piazza Maio, in the area fully affected by the landslide and not yet reachable from part of the emergency services.

Bad weather on the island of Ischia, landslide in Casamicciola

The President of the Council Giorgia Meloni is in constant contact with Minister Musumeci, the Civil Protection Department and the Campania Region to follow the evolution of the bad weather wave that hit Ischia. The Government expresses closeness to the citizens, to the Mayors of the municipalities of the island of Ischia and thanks the rescuers engaged in the search for the missing.

“There are difficulties operating on a reported building”. Thus the Minister for Civil Protection and Marine Policies Nello Musumeci underlines the difficulty in some cases that rescuers are finding for the landslide in Casamicciola. “The rescue machine has started up and is operating in the conditions permitted by the difficult weather situation”.

Some people were stuck inside the Hotel Terme Manzi in Casamicciola, without electricity. Emergency services are arriving at the scene.

In the images arriving from Casamicciola you can see cars that during the night were transported by rivers of mud and houses overwhelmed or grazed by the large front of the landslide. Some teams of the Fire Brigade immediately arrived in Casamicciola trying to reach the hitherto isolated places due to the various points of the landslide. Divers and sailors were also on site due to the presence of vehicles at sea. In the morning, a request for help for the building affected by the landslide reached the operations room. Checks are in progress. Earthmoving equipment sent from the headquarters of the fire brigade in Naples.

“I’m trying to call some people who may be missing but unfortunately I haven’t received an answer at the moment”. This is how Don Gino Ballirano, parish priest of the church of Santa Maria Maddalena, in Casamicciola, consulted by ANSA, recounts the difficult moments that are experienced on the island after this morning’s landslide. “I’m trying to get there but the road below my house is blocked by a wall of cars and trees.” Don Gino explains that the Diocese of Ischia has mobilized Caritas for the first reception.

Road traffic in Casamicciola is blocked on many roads and relief efforts are struggling to reach the points most affected by the flood, where landslides have overwhelmed some houses whose occupants are currently unknown. As with the 2009 flood, a large mass of water, mud and debris poured into the sea, overwhelming everything in its path; there are dozens of cars dragged by the lava that has found its outlet in piazzale Anna De Felice, named after the girl who lost her life overwhelmed by the mud 13 years ago in that very area. The cars and even some parked minibuses ended up in the sea and the port of Casamicciola is currently closed. The areas most affected by the flood are those of piazza Bagni, piazza Maio and Rarone: here the greatest number of landslides is recorded and given that several houses can only be reached via narrow and impervious streets, the rescuers have not been able to control them for the moment all and ascertain the real extent of damage to people as well as to homes. In Casamicciola the firefighters rescued a man who had been overwhelmed by the mud and was unable to save himself; taken to hospital Rizzoli is fine and should be discharged shortly. All the police forces and the volunteers available on the island have gone to the affected areas of the municipality and are providing relief

This morning, around 5, in Casamicciola Terme, on the island of Ischia, a landslide originated from the upper part of via Celario which reached the seafront in piazza Anna De Felice. The landslide overwhelmed some parked cars dragging them to the sea.

“Dear fellow citizens, due to the adverse weather conditions and the heavy damage that has already occurred in the municipality of Casamicciola Terme, I ask you to stay in your homes and not to move. I will inform you of the evolution of the situation later. Thank you for your collaboration manager”. Enzo Ferrandino, mayor of Ischia writes it on Facebook.

The extraordinary commissioner of Casamicciola Terme and the mayors of the other 5 municipalities of the island of Ischia have issued a collegiate ordinance directed to the citizens with which they ask not to leave their homes so as not to hinder the rescue operations. Almost all of Casamicciola is completely blocked to road traffic, the areas of Piazza Maio, via Celario, piazza Bagni are isolated and invaded by mud and debris.

Landslide and missing in Ischia

Source: Ansa

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