40 Evacuated as Landslide Hits Homes in Southern Italian Town

Forty people were evacuated from their homes after a landslide damaged houses upstream from the southern Italian town of Rota Greca on January 26, officials said.

Fire crews said that three buildings upstream from the town were initially damaged by the landslide, with 10 buildings in the town evacuated as a precaution.

The fire brigade had been on the scene of the landslide since the evening of January 25, and continued to monitor the area and provide assistance to those evacuated, the fire service said.

Local media reported that the mudslide was caused by “heavy rain, clogging of the drainage channels, invaded by branches and debris, and a completely soaked ridge.”

Video shared by the Vigili del Fuoco shows the landslide from above. Damage, including muddy water pouring down a stairwell, is also shown. Credit: Vigili del Fuoco via Storyful