Heartbreaking photos show devastating aftermath of landslide on Italian island that leaves at least 10 missing

Heartbreaking photos show devastating aftermath of landslide on Italian island that leaves at least 10 missing

Damaged cars lie on a street following a landslide on the island of Ischia, Italy, November 26, 2022.
Damaged cars lie on a street following a landslide on the island of Ischia, Italy, November 26, 2022.

  • Ischia, an island in Italy, has been hit by heavy rains, causing a devastating landslide.
  • The landslide killed one person and a dozen are missing.
  • Photos from the scene show the devastation left by the disaster.
Torrential rain triggered a landslide on an Italian island, killing at least one person.

Italy’s National Research Council said nearly 5 inches of rain fell in the region from midnight to 6 a.m. local time on Saturday, “a number never reached in a similar period,” according to the New York Times.

Ischia, which is just 18 square miles in area, is a volcanic island in southern Italy near Naples.

Damaged cars and debris block an alleyway following a landslide on the island of Ischia, Italy, November 26, 2022.
Damaged cars and debris block an alleyway following a landslide on the island of Ischia, Italy, November 26, 2022.

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The disaster killed a woman, confirmed The New York Times.

Residents clean up the exterior of a building following a landslide on the island of Ischia, Italy November 26, 2022.
Residents clean up the exterior of a building following a landslide on the island of Ischia, Italy November 26, 2022.

Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini initially said the landslide claimed at least eight lives, but the statistic was later revised by Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi, according to the Associated Press.

One woman has been confirmed dead as of this writing, according to The New York Times.

There are at least 10 to 12 people missing and at least 100 more stranded on the island, the Associated Press reported.

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

Source: Associated Press

Finding people missing in the landslide is likely to prove “very complicated”.

A woman looks from a balcony at a road covered in debris and damaged vehicles following a landslide on the Italian island of Ischia, Italy, Nov. 26, 2022.
A woman looks from a balcony at a road covered in debris and damaged vehicles following a landslide on the Italian island of Ischia, Italy, Nov. 26, 2022.

“The situation is very complicated and very serious because probably some of those people are under the mud,” Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi told state-run RAI TV, according to the Associated Press.

At least 8 people were rescued, not including 10-12 who are still missing, according to CNN.

More than 100 firefighters and doctors traveled to the island to help.

A firefighter stands next to damaged cars following heavy rains that triggered a landslide on the island of Ischia on November 26, 2022.
A firefighter stands next to damaged cars following heavy rains that triggered a landslide on the island of Ischia on November 26, 2022.

A total of 70 firefighters and 44 medics made it through difficult weather conditions to reach the island, according to the New York Times.

“We want to thank all the rescuers who, in extremely difficult conditions, risking their lives, managed to land on the island today,” Italy’s foreign minister, Antonio Tajani, told reporters in Naples, according to the Times.

Ischia is “naturally so vulnerable,” one official told the Times.

This photograph taken on 26 November 2022 shows buildings damaged following a landslide caused by heavy rain in Casamicciola on the island of Ischia.
This photograph taken on 26 November 2022 shows buildings damaged following a landslide caused by heavy rain in Casamicciola on the island of Ischia.

In 2017, the island was hit by a 4.0 magnitude earthquake that killed two women and injured three dozen others, reported The New York Times that year.

“Ischia is a very fragile territory: it is a volcanic formation that has been subject to savage soil consumption and construction at all costs for decades,” Michele Buonomo, an official with Italy’s environmental association Legambiente, told the Times on Saturday. “Such conditions further endanger an area that is naturally so vulnerable.”

Climate change will likely make disasters like these more common.

“Heavy rains like today’s have become increasingly frequent,” added Buonomo. “And so climate change will only exacerbate the high hydrological risks that some areas in Italy such as Ischia already have.”

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