(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
At least 8 people were confirmed dead and several were still
missing on Monday, two days after heavy rains lashed the Italian
island of Ischia, triggering a landslide and causing floods that
destroyed residential buildings, trend reports citing xinhua .
The number of victims was confirmed by Naples Prefect Claudio
Palomba at a press conference after an emergency meeting of the
Civil Protection Department, which is coordinating rescue efforts
on the island.
Rescue work was still ongoing on Monday involving some 240 staff
deployed by the Interior Ministry and over 150 firefighters using
drones and rescue dogs.
The most affected area was the port of Casamicciola Terme -- one
of the municipalities of Ischia -- where at least 30 houses were
destroyed, according to the prefect.
Overall, some 230 people have been evacuated so far, the prefect
told state broadcaster RAI 2.
On Sunday, Italy's government declared a state of emergency on
Ischia and agreed a first emergency package of two million euros
(2.07 million U.S. dollars).
On the same day, the Campania region -- to which Ischia belongs
-- allocated a further four million euros (4.14 million U.S.
dollars) to help the locals meet their 'most immediate needs,'
Campania Governor Vincenzo De Luca said in a statement.
Ischia, a popular tourist destination, is a volcanic island
lying in the Tyrrhenian Sea some 30 km from Naples.
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