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Landslide in Ischia: the prosecutor investigates the unheeded alarms

2022-11-29T07:21:33.197Z

There are eight confirmed victims. We continue to dig in the mud in Casamicciola in search of the 4 missing. Controversy over the unheard sos of the former mayor 4 days before the disaster. Against illegal activity "it would be enough to put the first citizens in jail": storm on the words of Minister Pichetto. THE PHOTOS - ALL THE VIDEOS (ANSA)



The search for the last four missing from via Celario, in the upper Casamicciola area, continued during the night.

Firefighters combed the area where some of the victims were found meter by meter.

In the morning some teams relieved the operators who have been working tirelessly in the past few hours.

Meanwhile, volunteers will be back in business this morning to shovel mud.



The Prosecutor of Naples investigates the unheeded alarms raised by the engineer Giuseppe Conte, former mayor of Casamicciola, the municipality of Ischia where a landslide at dawn last Saturday caused destruction and deaths.

Press reports make it known.

The former mayor reported that 4 days before the tragedy, i.e. on November 22, he had sent certified emails to the competent authorities (the prefect of Naples, the prefectural commissioner of Casamicciola, the mayor Manfredi and the Civil Protection of Campania) to warn them of the risks that the citizens of Casamicciola ran due to the abundant rainfall forecast.

Divers working with a sonar to search for the missing

There is no time to process the pain in Casamicciola, where the mud today returned the eighth body, that of the young Michele Monti, 15 years old.

For the rescuers engaged in the excavation work, the imperative is to hurry, before a new wave of bad weather, announced between tomorrow and Wednesday on the southern regions, makes it impossible to find the four missing people, of whom there is still no trace.

The firefighters, 160 who have been in action for over 48 hours on the island, have concentrated their activity on via Celario, the road that no longer exists, erased by the mudslide that detached from Mount Epomeo during the night between Friday and Saturday.

There, in the early hours of the day, the body of Michele was found, who with his little brothers Maria Teresa and Francesco, found yesterday,

he formed one of the two families erased by the tragedy.

The family dog ​​was also found dead.

The parents are still missing, father Gianluca, taxi driver, and mother Valentina.

With them presumably, we learn from the prefecture, also the companion of Eleonora Sirabella and another young woman.

No one is under any illusions: over time, finding them alive would make one cry for a miracle.

We look in via Celario, the epicenter of this tragedy, from where even today shreds of broken life have emerged: a stuffed animal, a pan and other objects that tell of a daily life that will never be the same again.

But today the divers have begun to scan the seabed of the stretch of sea closest to the port with sonar.

Finding the missing and surrounding the red zone,

to understand how many buildings have been involved in the landslide, and if and when the inhabitants will be able to return to their homes, these are the priorities of the rescuers.

In the background the controversies remain.

The departure of the former mayor of Casamicciola, Giuseppe Conte, suggests.

Four days before the landslide he would have reported to the Prefecture and Civil Protection the risks for the population of Casamicciola linked to the hydrogeological instability without receiving an answer.

Just as the issue of abuse holds the table.

Four days before the landslide he would have reported to the Prefecture and Civil Protection the risks for the population of Casamicciola linked to the hydrogeological instability without receiving an answer.

Just as the issue of abuse holds the table.

Four days before the landslide he would have reported to the Prefecture and Civil Protection the risks for the population of Casamicciola linked to the hydrogeological instability without receiving an answer.

Just as the issue of abuse holds the table. 

ANSA Agency

Landslide in Ischia: Parents and children under the mud, two families erased

The firefighters: "Heartbreaking the discovery of the newborn" 

The dog trapped in the car of the missing owners

The exit of Environment Minister Pichetto, who would like to "put the mayors and all those who let things go, in jail" is being discussed.

He sally that he has created embarrassment within the government itself.

"Campania is the region where 64.3% of the buildings are illegal, at least let's save ourselves the crocodile tears" the outstretched intervention of the general attorney of Naples Luigi Riello.

The WWF also speaks of announced tragedy and hypocritical tears.

"First we give a dignified burial to the, unfortunately, further victims, and then we talk about responsibility - replies the Minister for Civil Protection Nello Musumeci from a distance - and also about corrective measures because the current legislation needs concrete and sometimes even radical interventions".

A dossier from Legambiente recalls how the

Italy is also divided when it comes to demolishing illegal houses: the North is doing well, where on average 40 to 60% of illegal buildings are demolished, the South is not doing well, where the percentages drop to 10-20%.

The Public Prosecutor of Naples has opened a file: it will first of all be ascertained whether the houses overwhelmed by the flood were illegal or subject to demolition.

The number of displaced persons continues to grow, with 230 official ones, a number destined to grow.

For them, the Red Cross has started a collection of aid, but the whole solidarity machine has been set in motion.

Solidarity expressed today also by an exceptional Ischian, the former German chancellor Angela Merkel.

After the aid announced by the Government, today it was the turn of the Campania Region to allocate 4 million for primary needs.

Source: ansa

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