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Italian government declares state of emergency on Ischia island after landslide

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First emergency aid of two million euros was released after an extraordinary cabinet meeting

SONIA LOGRE / AFPTV / VIGILI DEL FUOCO / VATICAN MEDIA / AFP

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Region suffered from a landslide on Saturday, 26

the government of Italy Declared, this Sunday, 27, a state of emergency on the island of Ischia after a landslide that killed at least seven people and left several missing. A first emergency aid of two million euros (a similar amount in dollars) was released, after an extraordinary cabinet meeting, necessary to declare a state of emergency, said Civil Defense Minister Nello Musumeci. Italy often declares a state of emergency after earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or heavy rains, because it allows for an accelerated process of mobilizing funds and means. Hundreds of volunteers, knee-deep in mud, participate in the cleanup. In the streets of the city it was possible to see cars and buses buried in the mud. Crowds of bulldozers were trying to plow through the rubble to free access to homes and businesses. At the site, more than 200 members of the Civil Defense and security forces were still looking for a dozen missing people. Salvatorni Lorine, a 45-year-old resident of the island, believes that the landslide was due to a lack of maintenance and prevention “because nature is nature, there was an earthquake, but a little prevention”. “A mountain came down, there was devastation of stores, cars, a hotel… and that was nine years ago. Now I’m cleaning my grandmother’s shop, ”he explained. Saturday’s tragedy came weeks after 11 people were killed by torrential rains that battered east-central Italy.

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*With information from AFP

Source: Jovempan

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