Itschia, an Italian holiday island, was struck by heavy rain that caused a landslide that left at least 2 people dead and dozens of others missing.
A search and rescue operation is underway in Casamicciola Terme, and reinforcements are being sent from Naples, but weather conditions are complicating the search, Italy’s Civil Protection department told local outlets.
Civil protection officials reported that eight people had been rescued by Saturday evening local time.
70 firefighters are currently on the island assisting with the search and rescue, according to the Italian Fire Brigade. Naples prefecture is coordinating the operation, which is expected to continue through the night.
Early Saturday, torrential rain hit Ischia, in the Gulf of Naples, damaging cars, buildings, and roads.
Authorities in Casamicciola Terme shared videos and images earlier today showing destruction.
“It is a time of pain and great emergency,” Campania’s governor Vincenzo De Luca said on Saturday, thanking Meloni for her close contact and solidarity message.
According to Meloni, she has been in contact with local authorities, expressing solidarity with residents and thanking rescue workers.
In a statement to ANSA news agency, Mayor Enzo Ferrandino called the incident a tragedy and urged people not to leave their homes.