At least eight dead and six missing from an avalanche on the island of Ischia in southern Italy

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The search efforts have been affected by difficulties in accessing the area for emergency teams, which call for caution, while warn that the death toll could rise

Avalanche in Italy

At least eight people died in a avalanche caused by heavy rainfall on the Italian island of Ischia, the Italian press reported on Saturday, citing the Minister of Infrastructure.

“There are eight confirmed deaths after the landslide in Ischia”, declared Matteo Salvini, who is also deputy prime minister, quoted by the news agency AGI and the daily La Repubblica.< /i>

The number of disappeared due to a strong avalanche of mud and There have been six landslides on the Italian island of Ischia (south), according to police sources.

Emergency service sources warn that the death toll could increase because there are still several missing.

There are a hundred residents without electricity and water, explain from the Ischia fire brigade.

This is a provisional balance of the people of whom there is no news, since the search work has only begun due to difficulties in accessing the area of ​​the search teams. emergency, which calls for caution.

At least eight dead and six missing by an avalanche on the island of Ischia south of Italy

Security forces rescue people after the avalanche in Ischia

The island of Ischia, in front of the Gulf of Naples, registered tonight torrential rains that caused flooding and a serious landslide that violently swept away everything in its path in the municipality of Casamicciola, on its north side.

In this way, a part of a mountain gave way and reached several houses in the town, which are being searched by emergency teams, reinforced with units arriving from Naples and other points.

Among the Three members of a family are missing, with a small child, and a 25-year-old foreign student whose nationality has not yet been confirmed, according to local media.

All of them were allegedly in houses flooded by mud, according to the same sources.

The first images that arrive from the island are of authentic chaos, with entire neighborhoods devastated by rocks and trees uprooted, cars buried in the mud and houses destroyed, with dozens of buildings collapsed, at least twenty.

At least eight dead and six missing by an avalanche on the island of Ischia in southern Italy

An avalanche on the island of Ischia, leaves at least 8 dead

The spokesman for the fire department, Luca Cari, confirmed that they were able to rescue several people from the mud, including a man and two others whose vehicle had washed into the sea.

The mayor of Ischia, Enzo Ferrandino, asked the population not to leave their homes and lamented “serious damage” to the zone.

“It's a tragedy. The number of missing is still uncertain in Casamicciola. Due to the bad weather on the island we have so many other critical situations,” he said.

The rescuers are also trying to access the hotel Terme Manzi in Casamicciola, where some people remain unable to go out without electricity.

Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, remains in “constant contact” with the Minister for Civil Protection and the Policies of the Sea, Nello Musumeci, and with the regional authorities and expressed its closeness in a statement to those affected.

The island of Ischia is a one of the main tourist destinations in Italy during the summer and is part of the Neapolitan archipelago, of volcanic origin and with steep slopes, which is why it usually suffers from this type of landslides, the last time in 2009.

(With information from EFE)

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