(MENAFN) After a landslide devastated the Italian island of Ischia on Saturday, one death has been verified and up to a dozen others are still missing. Officials first expected a larger death toll due to the fact that automobiles were washed away by six meters of dirt.
Claudio Palomba, the prefect of Naples, claimed at a news conference, according to Reuters, "currently the confirmed death toll is one, a woman. Eight missing persons have been found, including a child, and there still are around ten missing."
The island of Ischia, which is located in the Gulf of Naples off the coast of Italy's Mediterranean Sea, got more than 12 cm (5 inches) of rain overnight. At the port of Casamicciola, the precipitation swept six to seven meters of mud and debris down the edge of the island's volcanic mountain range.
According to the Italian ANSA news agency, at least ten buildings collapsed. People who were buried in the mud were advised by local officials to stay at home as rescue operations continued into Saturday night.
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