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More Than a Dozen Missing in Devastating Landslide on Italian Tourist Island

Added 11-26-22 09:49:02am EST - “An overnight storm caused flooding and mudslides on an island known for its thermal springs.” - Thedailybeast.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thedailybeast.com: “More Than a Dozen Missing in Devastating Landslide on Italian Tourist Island”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

ROME—More than a dozen people are missing and feared dead, including an infant, in colossal landslides on the picturesque island of Ischia off the coast of Naples, Italy.

Italy’s Transport Minister Matteo Salvini said eight people had died, but the country’s civil protection agency walked back that number, saying no bodies had yet been recovered. At least 13 people are missing, including a baby.

Italy’s fire brigade tweeted photos of the disaster, which left buses, cars and homes buried in mud which struck the tourist haven of Casamicciola Terme, which was hit by a non-fatal earthquake in 2017.

The island, which has around 20,000 permanent residents during the winter months, but hundreds of thousands of visitors during the summer, is known for its thermal mud and hot springs.

The island mayor Enzo Ferrandino said the entire island was under severe weather threat. “It’s a tragedy, the number of missing people in Casamicciola is still uncertain,” Ferrandino told Italian media. “Due to bad weather, we also have situations in other areas, such as flooding, but fortunately not particularly serious.”

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