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Landslide in Ischia: two victims recovered, even a little girl. A state of emergency has been established

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There are currently two victims recovered so far in Casamicciola. After the body of 31-year-old Eleonora Sirabella, found yesterday near via Celaro, under a meter and a half of mud, today the body of a 5-6 year old girl was recovered. The little victim was wearing pink pajamas. Her body was found in a bedroom, under a mattress, of a house overwhelmed by the landslide.

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“The Council of Ministers, on a proposal from the Minister for Civil Protection, declared the state of emergency which will be followed by the order of the head of civil protection, and has arranged an initial allocation of 2 million euros”. This was announced by the Minister for the South, Nello Musumeci who has the delegation for Protection at the end of the Council of Ministers on Ischia. To the first allocation of 2 million euros, Minister Musumeci added that “other allocations will follow as soon as we have an overview of the damage and immediate needs. The reasoning on the reconstruction plan which will concern public and private structures is different”. Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has expressed her intention to go to Ischia as soon as possible. This is what was reported by the minister for the South, Nello Musumeci who also has the delegation for protection at the end of the Council of Ministers on Ischia Musumeci added to reporters who asked him about the timing of a visit: “Going there now would only be a catwalk”.

There are 167 displaced people according to the prefect of Naples Claudio Palomba, at the end of the meeting of the Rescue Coordination Center which took place in the Prefecture to take stock of the situation in Casamicciola hit by the landslide in the early morning of yesterday. There should be 15 homes involved in the landslide. The missing should be members of 2 families and there should be at least 2 minors.

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They ask to return to their homes, at least to recover some clothes, the displaced persons who had to leave their homes due to the flood yesterday morning. The displaced have been accommodated in a hotel in the area but many, at least for today, have found hospitality in the homes of friends and relatives.

She was aware of the impending tragedy: Eleonora Sirabella, 31 years oldthe first confirmed victim of the Casamicciola landslide, he asked his father for help. He lived with his companion, still missing, in the Rarone area, one of the hardest hit by the mud lava that fell on Saturday night

On social media, the moved memory of many friends and customers of the shop where he worked. Many of her call her an angel, they remember her goodness and meekness and she was particularly well liked by everyone. Her body had been found near via Celaro, under a meter and a half of mud. The recovery operations had been particularly complex.

Eleonora Sirabella

“I am close to the population of the island of Ischia, hit by a flood. I pray for the victims, for those who are suffering and for all those who have intervened to help”. Pope Francis said this at the Angelus.

Rescuers at work all night in Casamicciola in the hope of finding those missing from the landslide that swept away cars and homes, flooding whole neighborhoods with mud. The strong wind blowing on the island makes operations difficult but the activities go on. In the port, dawn returns the images of destruction caused by last night’s extraordinary event, while in the port you can clearly see the cars that reached the sea after a run of hundreds of meters caused by the wave of mud. The cleaning operations of the streets continue along via Monte della Misericordia and all the connected crossroads. The Carabinieri carried out anti-looting checks to protect the now empty homes.
At the moment the eleven missing from the Casamicciola landslide are two families, one of five people with a child and another of three with a newborn, then a man, a foreign woman and an elderly woman.

“We expect the government to appoint an extraordinary commissioner also for the hydrogeological aspect, the state of disaster and additional funds“. Thus the president of the Campania Region Vincenzo De Luca interviewed on Rai News on what is expected of the government after the landslide in Casamicciola. De Luca also wanted to thank the Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni “for her closeness to the affected population”.

“People must understand that in some areas it is not possible to live, there is no necessary unauthorized building. Buildings in fragile areas from a hydrogeological point of view must be demolished”. So the president of the Campania Region about the building situation in Ischia and the hydrogeological fragility of the territory.

A river of mud and debris hit Casamicciola, a municipality on the island of Ischia, around 5 am on 26 November, causing the death of a woman. There are still 11 missing and 13 wounded, one of which in “slightly more serious” conditions. The damage is enormous. The landslide came down from Mount Epomeo, 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.

The searches continue unabated. Groups of volunteers are combing the hilly area of ​​the island municipality inch by inch. The area is illuminated with generator sets. Where they are is still too early to say. The fury of the water threw dozens of cars into the sea, even some that were parked not near the port.

Bad weather on the island of Ischia, landslide in Casamicciola

Landslide and missing in Ischia

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