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At least eight people are dead following the landslide on the Italian holiday island of Ischia, authorities have confirmed. Meanwhile, 13 people have been reported as missing, including a family consisting of a husband, wife and a newborn baby. The family, and another 25-year-old, were in two of the houses that were completely engulfed by the landslide. Horrifying images show dozens of cars and houses being overwhelmed by a large mass of water, mud and debris. The landslide according in the early hours of the morning, following a heavy rainstorm that caused flooding. 

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Minister of Infrastructure and Transport said: “There are eight confirmed dead from the landslide in Ischia”, adding “There are rescuers who work in difficult conditions”, according to Ansa news agency reports.

There are about 100 people on the island who have not been reached as the landslide has blocked the roads leading to their homes with mud, boulders and debris. 

Meanwhile, authorities are trying to clear the path using various earth-moving machines and water pumps.

In a statement, the mayor of Lacco Ameno, Giacomo Pascale said: “There are 20-30 isolated families and a dozen collapsed buildings”.

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