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The search continues for the missing persons after the landslide on the Italian island of Ischia |  Abroad

The search continues for the missing persons after the landslide on the Italian island of Ischia | Abroad

The search for missing people continues on the Italian island of Ischia on Sunday. Emergency services are still searching for 11 people in the area hit by a landslide on Saturday. So far, authorities have confirmed one death, and 13 people have been infected.

It was not clear for some time on Saturday how many deaths the landslide caused. Soon, Infrastructure Minister Matteo Salvini announced that eight people had died. His colleague from the interior, Matteo Bentedosi, said later that no deaths had been confirmed yet.

At least one person is now known to have died. It concerns a 31-year-old woman who had a shop on the island.

Rescue workers worked through the night, but mudslides and strong winds made access to the island difficult. Emergency services are using drones to find the missing.

At least ten buildings collapsed and hundreds of people were trapped. Another 200 people have been advised to evacuate because there is also a risk of collapse in their area.

Small but densely populated Ischia is located off the coast of Naples. The landslide was caused by sudden heavy rains near the town of Casamicciola.

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