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Italy: State of emergency declared in Ischia after a devastating landslide

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The Italian government proclaimed, Sunday, November 27, a state of emergency on the island of Ischia, in the Bay of Naples, affected the day before by a landslide which left one dead and a dozen missing. An emergency envelope of 2 million euros was also released after an extraordinary government meeting, necessary to proclaim a state of emergency, said the Minister of Civil Protection, Nello Musumeci.

The state of emergency is often declared in the peninsula, following earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or severe weather, because it provides for an accelerated procedure for mobilizing funds and resources, including those for civil protection, to emergency interventions or the setting up of reception facilities.

Casamicciola Terme, a spa resort of 8,000 inhabitants in winter on the island of Ischia, suffered an earthquake in 2017 that killed two people. It had been completely destroyed by a much more powerful earthquake at the end of the 19th century.e century.

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Excavator Ballet

In Casamicciola Terme, on the Italian island of Ischia, on November 27, 2022.

On the spot, more than two hundred members of the civil protection and the forces of order are still looking for a dozen missing, while hundreds of volunteers, mud up to their knees, are busy cleaning the streets of the small town. Remains of cars and buses crushed by the mudslide are visible everywhere in a ballet of diggers trying to free access to houses, cars and shops.

“It’s a situation that hurts us, if only for the missing people under the mountain. Here, it’s an island and even if we don’t really know each other, it’s almost like that, at least from a view”declared on the spot to Agence France-Presse Salvatore Lorini, a resident of Ischia, where he was born forty-five years ago. “The mountain came down, there was a devastation of shops, cars, hotels and it had already happened nine years ago. Now I’m cleaning out my mother-in-law’s store”he explained.

This slippage was caused by the lack of maintenance and prevention, “because nature is nature, there was the earthquake, but a little prevention” could have saved lives, according to Mr. Lorini, who would like to see the establishment of a system similar to that of buoys warning of the arrival of a tsunami, and allowing to say when the earth is moving.

The World with AFP