Videos: Deadly landslide tears through Italian island of Ischia burying at least 7 under a torrent of mud after 6 inches of rain in just 6 hours

Deadly landslide triggered by heavy rainfall tears through Italian island of Ischia
Deadly landslide triggered by heavy rainfall tears through Italian island of Ischia. Via Youtube video

The death toll from a mudslide on the Italian island of Ischia has now risen to seven.

A wave of mud and debris caused by heavy rain devastated the small town of Casamicciola Terme in the north of the island – situated off the coast from Naples – early on Saturday morning.

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By Sunday evening, Italy’s government declared a state of emergency on Ischia, with five people still missing.

Dozens of homes are cut off, with bad weather hampering rescuers.

Earlier, search teams pulled the body of a young girl from her family home as they dug through the mud for a second day.

The Italian press also reported that 13 people were injured.

Resident Lisa Mocciaro told Ansa news agency: “We started hearing loud thunder at about 03:00 (02:00 GMT), then the first landslide came down, followed by a second one around 05:00. It was horrifying.”

Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi told reporters the situation was “very complicated” and that the people missing were believed to be trapped under the mud. Up to 155mm (6.1in) of rain fell over the course of six hours.

Heavy rains have been battering Campania, the region surrounding Naples and Ischia, for several days. A weather warning for rainfall and strong winds is in place until Sunday.

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On Thursday, two people were killed due to bad weather in the region. An Argentine tourist drowned after being swept into the sea during a coastal storm, while a man was struck by lightning on a beach.

Local authorities are urging residents to stay home to avoid hindering emergency services.

More than 200 emergency workers joined the search for the missing, while hundreds of volunteers, knee-deep in mud, cleaned up the streets of the small town.

The remains of cars and buses crushed by the violent mudslide and rockslide can be seen everywhere as excavators try to clear access to homes, cars and shops.

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