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At least eight dead after landslide in Italy



At least eight people have died today after heavy rains caused a landslide on the Italian island of Ischia.

According to reports, a landslide engulfed a house and initially 13 people were declared missing and it is still unclear how many people are still unaccounted for after confirmation of the eight fatalities.

According to the ANSA agency, among the eight dead was a family comprising a husband and wife and a newborn baby who lived near where the landslide began.

The fire brigade said one house had been overwhelmed by the mud and that two people had been rescued from a car swept into the sea.

It said help was being sent from Naples, the nearest major city, but weather conditions were making it difficult to access the island.

“The search for the missing, evacuations and help for people in danger continues,” the department said.

Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said she was in close contact with the Civil Protection minister Nello Musumeci, the Civil Protection Department and the Campania Region to follow the evolution of the wave of bad weather that has hit Ischia.

“The government expresses its closeness to the citizens and mayors of the municipalities on the island of Ischia and thanks the rescuers engaged in the search for the missing”, she said.