In the early hours of the morning, a storm broke over the Italian Mediterranean island of Ischia. Masses of mud damage houses and tear buses into the sea. About ten people are missing - one woman dies.
Cars sunken in the mud, buses torn into the sea, rubble and devastation in the streets: violent storms have caused flooding, chaos and destruction in the north of the Italian Mediterranean island of Ischia.
A woman died in the mud, said the prefecture in Naples. About ten people are still missing. Eight missing people, including a child, have now surfaced and are safe. "It's a tragedy," said the head of civil protection. On Friday, his authority had warned of storms and severe weather in the southern Italian region of Campania, which includes the island of Ischia, which is popular with tourists.
Pictures on television showed a slope undergoing a landslide and a man chest-deep in water inside a building in darkness. Videos from the fire brigade showed completely demolished cars and streets flooded with rubble and earth. Because of the raging storm, the rescue workers said they had trouble reaching the people on the island.
"The situation is very complicated," Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi told the Rainews24 TV channel. It is possible that people were trapped under the mud, he explained. The authorities sent specialists, vehicles and other reinforcements to Ischia from Naples. The military sent helicopters to assist. According to Piantedosi, around 200 residents should be evacuated from their homes. Many in the affected part of the island could not leave their homes for hours - the administration instructed people to do so. Many had no electricity.
Schools, cemeteries and parks remained closed anyway. Sciatica Mayor Enzo Ferrandino ordered this on Friday because of the severe weather warning. In the meantime, there have also been reports of eight fatalities, which the prefecture and the carabinieri in Naples have not yet confirmed. Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni thanked the rescue workers for their work, as announced by their headquarters in Rome. She is in contact with the local authorities. Other ministers also expressed their condolences to the people of the largest island in the Gulf of Naples.