One person was killed, 10 were missing as a result of landslides that hit the Italian resort island of Ischia.

Key points
  • Seventy firefighters work on the island to rescue residents from damaged buildings and search for missing people.
  • Several vehicles were sunk along the coastline, apparently swept out to sea by the storm.
  • The south of Italy, where houses are often built illegally, bypassing safety regulations, is prone to deadly landslides.
A woman has been found dead and about 10 people are still missing on the southern Italian resort island of Ischia after a landslide swept through buildings during heavy rain, an Italian government official said.

Torrential rain hit the port of Casamicciola Terme, one of six small towns on the island, early Saturday morning, causing flooding and collapse of buildings.

“Currently, the death toll has been confirmed – one woman. Eight people were found missing, including a child, and about 10 more were missing, ”Naples prefect Claudio Palomba said at a press conference.
Infrastructure Minister Matteo Salvini said earlier during an event in Milan that eight people had been killed.
Seventy firefighters are working on the island, which is about 30 kilometers from Naples, to rescue residents from damaged buildings and find those missing, Italy’s fire brigade said on Twitter.

The images showed thick mud, debris and rocks in Casamicciola Terme. Several vehicles were sunk along the coastline, apparently swept out to sea by the storm.

Landslide due to bad weather on the island of Ischia

Several vehicles were sunk along the coastline, apparently swept out to sea by the storm. Source: AARP / P.A.

“There are some difficulties in the rescue operations as the weather conditions are still difficult,” Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi told reporters in Rome.

Ischia is a volcanic island that attracts visitors with its thermal baths and picturesque hilly coastline.

It is densely populated and statistics show that it has a large number of houses built illegally, putting residents at constant risk of floods and earthquakes.
In 2006, a landslide on the island killed a father and his three daughters.
Prime Minister Georgia Meloni said she is in close contact with Civil Protection Minister Nello Musumechi, the Department of Civil Protection and the local Campania region.
“The government expresses its closeness to the citizens and mayors of the municipalities on the island of Ischia and thanks the rescuers involved in the search for the missing,” she said.
The south of Italy, where houses are often built illegally, bypassing safety regulations, is prone to deadly landslides.

In 1998, at least 150 people died when mud flooded the village of Sarno, also near Naples.