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Landslide on Italian island leaves up to a dozen missing

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Heavy rain triggered landslides early Saturday on the southern Italian island of Ischia, which collapsed buildings and left up to 12 people missing.

Italy’s interior minister said no deaths had yet been confirmed, appearing to contradict an earlier announcement by another high-ranking politician.

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

Debris is seen on the street, following a landslide on the Italian holiday island of Ischia, Italy, in this handout photo obtained by Reuters on November 26, 2022.
(Carabinieri/Handout via REUTERS)

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Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who is also infrastructure minister, had earlier said eight deaths had been confirmed, speaking to reporters at the inauguration of a metro extension in Milan.

The prefecture of the Naples region, which includes Ischia, said at least 12 people were missing.

Rescuers help an injured person after a landslide on the Italian resort island of Ischia, Italy, in this photo obtained by Reuters on November 26, 2022.

Rescuers help an injured person after a landslide on the Italian resort island of Ischia, Italy, in this photo obtained by Reuters on November 26, 2022.
(Carabinieri/Handout via REUTERS)

Video from the island shows the paths that landslides carved into the slopes, leaving trails of mud. The streets were impassable and the island’s mayors urged people to stay home. At least 100 stranded people were reported.

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The ANSA news agency reported that at least 10 buildings had collapsed. A family with a newborn who had previously been reported missing had been located and was receiving medical attention, according to the prefect of Naples, Claudio Palomba.

A view shows a street after a landslide on the Italian holiday island of Ischia, Italy, in this handout photo obtained by Reuters on November 26, 2022.

A view shows a street after a landslide on the Italian holiday island of Ischia, Italy, in this handout photo obtained by Reuters on November 26, 2022.
(Carabinieri/Handout via REUTERS)

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Firefighters were working on rescue work. Reinforcements were being sent from nearby Naples, but were having difficulty reaching the island by motorboat or helicopter due to the weather.

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