At least 13 people are missing Saturday after heavy rain caused a landslide on the Italian holiday island of Ischia, a popular holiday destination for tourists and Italians, in the small town of Casamicciola. Heavy rains have been battering Campania, the region surrounding Naples and Ischia, for several days. The torrent of mud and debris dislodged trees, engulfed buildings and dragged cars into the sea. At least 10 buildings had collapsed. Weather conditions are complicating the search.
Reinforcements arrived by ferry, including teams of sniffer dogs to help the search efforts. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said on Twitter that she is in contact with local authorities. Ischia mayor Enzo Ferrandino described the incident as a “tragedy.” Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi told reporters the situation was “very complicated” and that the people missing were believed to be trapped under the mud. Local authorities are urging residents to stay home. Italian Vice Premier Matteo Salvini initially said that eight people had been confirmed dead. Ischia is a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea about 30km (19 miles) off Naples in the south of the country.