A landslide on the Italian vacation island of Ischia has claimed the lives of at least seven people, including a 3-week-old baby and a pair of brothers aged 5 and 11.
Five individuals remained unaccounted for and believed to be buried behind the mud and debris that crashed early on Saturday into the populated port city of Casamicciola.
After significant rain caused the enormous slide, buildings crumbled, and cars were pushed into the water.
Along with the baby boy’s parents, a visitor from Bulgaria and a native of the island, age 31, were also slain.
While diving crews looked for cars that had submerged, small bulldozers were used to clear the way for rescue vehicles to travel.
“We are continuing the search with our hearts broken because among the missing are also minors,” Giacomo Pascale, the mayor of the neighboring town of Lacco Ameno, said.
According to officials, the island received the most rain in 20 years—nearly 5 inches—in just six hours.
Saturday morning, soon before dawn, the hill gave way.
More than 200 people were displaced, and 30 residences were inundated, according to officials on Sunday.