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Landslide due to bad weather in Casamicciola on the island of Ischia. Curcio: ‘It’s a tragedy’

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A river of mud and debris hit Casamicciola, a town on the island of Ischia, this morning around 5 am. Twelve are missing at the moment, according to the prefect of Naples Claudio Palomba, the damage is very considerable. “There are eight confirmed dead”, informs the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Matteo Salvini but the prefect of Naples is cautious and specifies that “at the moment there are no dead”. A family with a newborn, initially lost, has been found: they are all safe and will seek medical attention. The landslide came down, at the very first light of dawn, from the mountain behind the hamlet of the island, as happened in November 2009, and dragged boulders and debris that caused the collapse of at least 10 buildings. There are about 30 isolated families, a total of 100 people who have yet to be reached and who are without water and electricity. The road leading to their homes is currently impassable due to mud.

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Bad weather on the island of Ischia, landslide in Casamicciola

Precisely the adverse weather conditions are making the rescue operations even more complex in the light of the force 11 sea which is slowing down the arrival of men and vehicles from Naples and Pozzuoli: for this reason the Minister of Defense Crosetto has announced the contribution to the rescue also of the armed forces. Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, the Minister for Civil Protection Nello Musumeci and the head of the Department of Civil Protection Fabrizio Curcio are in constant contact to follow the evolution of the situation as well as the Minister of the Interior, Matteo Piantedosi, via video link from the Center National Operations of the Fire Brigade. “Difficult relief. It is an evolving, very serious situation that needs to be followed”, commented the number one of the Viminale. A summit is underway in the prefecture in Naples with, in addition to Curcio, also the ministers Sangiuliano and Tajani.

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The mayors of the Green Island invite citizens not to move and to stay in their homes. The doctors who were on duty this morning at the Rizzoli hospital in Ischia remained on duty. The medical residents of the island also arrived to provide aid to the injured in the Casamicciola landslide. Many testimonies from the island. “Around midnight it started to rain heavily – says Lisa Mocciaro, illustrator of children’s books, now a prisoner in the house on the third floor of the house in Casamicciola -. From three o’clock we began to hear roars. The first landslide came down, then another around 5. An impressive thing, perhaps worse than the 2009 flood and as terrible as the 2017 earthquake”. The controversy over the fragility of the territory due to “too many tragedies”, as Minister Tajani recalls, is also inevitable. In the last sixteen years, the area affected today has been the scene of two landslides and an earthquake.

Landslide and missing in Ischia

Source: Ansa

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