Rescuers were looking for at least a dozen people early Saturday after a landslide engulfed buildings on the southern Italian holiday island of Ischia due to heavy rains.
Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi said no deaths had been confirmed, contradicting Infrastructure Minister Matteo Salvini’s earlier claim that eight people had been killed.
“At the moment there are no confirmed deaths, there are some difficulties in the rescue operations because the weather conditions are still challenging,” Piantedosi told reporters in Rome.
According to the Associated Press, up to 12 people are still missing.
Torrential rain lashed the port of Casamicciola Terme, one of the island’s six small towns, early Saturday, causing flooding and the collapse of buildings. At least 100 people have been reported as being stranded.
Images showed thick mud, debris, and stones in Casamicciola Terme. At least 10 buildings collapsed, according to the news outlet ANSA.
Ischia is a volcanic island 19 miles from Naples that draws visitors to its thermal baths and picturesque coastline.