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Italy rescuers search for dozen missing, after deadly landslide

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The landslide came from the top of Epomeo Mountain

Italian rescuers are searching for a dozen missing people on the southern island of Ischia after a massive landslide killed at least one person.

A wave of mud and debris swept through the small town of Casamicciola Terme early Saturday, engulfing at least one house and sweeping cars down to the sea. Rescuers recovered the body of a 31-year-old woman, according to Italian news agency AGI, with other local media reporting 13 people had been injured in the incident.

About a dozen people were still unaccounted for early Sunday, according to local official Claudio Palomba. But some people who had earlier been reported missing had since been found safe, including one family with a newborn baby, he said. The rescue effort was hampered by rain and high winds, which also delayed ferries bringing reinforcements from the mainland.

Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni tweeted her sympathy to those affected, saying she called an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Sunday to discuss the disaster.

Credit: Aljazeera.com

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