2 deaths on the Italian island of Ischia.

2 deaths on the Italian island of Ischia.

Search teams pulled the body of a young girl from her family home on Sunday as they dug through the mud for a second day in the search for people still missing after an enormous landslide on the Italian resort island of Ischia The Naples perfect confirmed that the death toll had risen to two, following the recovery of the body of a woman from the island on Saturday.

Luca Cari, a spokesman for Italian firefighters, told state TV that 10 people were feared buried under mud and debris in Casamicciola.

Heavy rains loosened a chunk of the mountainside in the highest part of the town.

Small bulldozers focused on clearing roads to allow rescue vehicles to pass while dive teams were brought in to check cars that had been pushed into the sea

Pope Francis said a prayer for the people of Ischia during the Sunday blessing. He prayed for the victims, for those who are suffering, and for those who are involved in the rescue.

The Naples prefect said that 15 homes had been overwhelmed by the stream of mud. More than 160 people were displaced due to the deaths and missing.

A mass of mud and debris hurtling through the port of Casamicciola, collapsing buildings, and sweeping vehicles into the sea, was triggered by exceptional rains before dawn on Saturday.

A widely circulating video shows a man covered in mud and in the water. The island received almost five inches of rain in six hours, the most rain in 20 years.

Building in high-risk areas on the mountainous island made the disaster worse, experts said.

Two people were killed in Casamicciola and Lacco Ameno when the earthquake struck.

There isn’t any territory that can be occupied. You can’t change the use of a zone where there’s water.

Vincenzo De Luca, president of the Campagna region where Ischia is located, said houses in areas that are at risk must be protected.

The Italian government declared a state of emergency for the island during an urgent Cabinet meeting Sunday and earmarked 2 million euros for repairs.

 

 

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