Landslide leaves up to a dozen missing on island of Ischia in Italy

Heavy rainfall triggered landslides early Saturday on the southern Italian island of Ischia that left as many as 12 people missing as it cut a muddy swath through a port town, collapsing buildings and sweeping cars into the sea.

Italy’s interior minister said no deaths were confirmed, appearing to contradict an early announcement by another senior official.

“At the moment there are no confirmed deaths,” said Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi, speaking from the firefighters emergency coordination center.

Italian Vice Premier Matteo Salvini, who is also the infrastructure minister, had said earlier that eight deaths had been confirmed, speaking to reporters at the opening of a subway extension in Milan.

The prefect for the Naples region, which includes Ischia, said at least 12 people were missing. Claudio Palomba also was quoted by Italian media as saying that no deaths had been confirmed.

The force of the mud sliding down mountainsides was strong enough to send cars and buses into the sea at the port of Casamicciola, on the north end of the island. Streets were impassable and mayors on the island urged people to stay at home. At least 100 people were reported stranded.

The news agency ANSA reported that at least 10 buildings had collapsed. One family with a newborn that was previously reported missing had been located and was receiving medical care, according to the Naples prefect.

Firefighters and the Coast Guard were working on rescue efforts. Reinforcements arrived by ferry, including teams of sniffer dogs to help the search efforts.

The densely populated mountainous island is a popular tourist destination for both its beaches and spas. A 4.0 quake on the island in 2017 killed two people, causing significant damage to the towns of Casamicciola and neighboring Lacco Ameno.

You May Also Like
Heartbreaking: Real Housewives of Orange County alum Gretchen Rossi announced the death of her stepson Grayson Alexander on Tuesday

RHOC star Gretchen Rossi reveals her stepson Grayson died at age 22 following cancer battle

Real Housewives of Orange County alum Gretchen Rossi announced the death of…
DHS limits no-knock warrants, bars chokeholds in updated use-of-force policy

DHS limits no-knock warrants, bars chokeholds in updated use-of-force policy

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is limiting its use of no-knock…
Rare hissing mushroom known as the "Devil's Cigar" spotted at Texas park

Rare hissing mushroom known as the “Devil’s Cigar” spotted at Texas park

The rare hissing mushroom known as the “Devil’s Cigar” was captured on…
Hilarious VICE Discussion Panel on 'Asian Hate' Is the Absolute State of the Deranged Left

Hilarious VICE Discussion Panel on 'Asian Hate' Is the Absolute State of the Deranged Left

VICE recently held a discussion panel on “Asian Hate,” including the supposed…
What issues matter most to Americans ahead of Biden's State of the Union

What issues matter most to Americans ahead of Biden’s State of the Union

What issues matter most to Americans ahead of Biden’s State of the…
LeBron James breaks NBA's all-time scoring record, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

LeBron James breaks NBA’s all-time scoring record, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

LeBron James has just surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most regular season…
Joy Reid Says ‘We Won’ in the Culture Wars Regarding…the Satanist Grammys?

Joy Reid Says ‘We Won’ in the Culture Wars Regarding…the Satanist Grammys?

The opinions expressed by contributors are their own and do not necessarily…
New law aims to make California haven for transgender youth

Trump ex-lawyer Cohen meets again with New York prosecutors

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen said he…