A state of emergency has been declared on the Italian island of Ischia following a landslide. At least seven people were killed in the landslide in the southern island. Several people have gone missing. The media reported that four people were killed in the landslide, but a local official said on Sunday that the death toll had risen to seven.

According to local media and emergency services, mudwater and debris poured through the town of Casamicciola Terme on Saturday morning. Houses and cars were swept into the sea by the current.

The country’s civil protection minister, Nello Musumesi, said the cabinet met after declaring a state of emergency on Sunday. The meeting approved the first installment of the relief fund of 2 million dollars.

Rescue operations are underway to find the missing persons. However, due to rain and stormy winds, this activity is being disrupted.

The NSA news agency reported that at least 30 families were trapped in the worst-hit Casamicciola Terme. They are without water and electricity. Roads are blocked by mud and debris.

It should be noted that various natural disasters including earthquakes and landslides often occur on the island. A terrible earthquake struck here in 2017. The island was completely destroyed by a powerful earthquake at the end of the 19th century.

(28 November/FA)