Complex rescue efforts hampered by rain and high winds, which also delayed ferries bringing reinforcements from the mainland.
Italian rescuers are searching for a dozen missing persons on the southern island of Ischia after a massive landslide killed at least one person.
A wave of mud and debris swept through the small town of Casamicciola Terme early Saturday, sweeping at least one house and cars out to sea.
Rescuers have recovered the body of a 31-year-old woman, according to the Italian news agency AGI, while other local media reported that 13 people were injured in the incident.
About a dozen people were still missing on Sunday morning, according to local official Claudio Palomba. But some people previously reported missing had since been found safe, including a family with a newborn, he said.
Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni tweeted her condolences to those affected and said she was convening an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Sunday to discuss the disaster.
“We are afraid there are more victims, but so far it has been one death,” said Luca Cari, a spokesperson for the fire service.
The rescue attempt was hampered by rain and high winds, which also delayed ferries bringing reinforcements from the mainland.
Complex rescue operation
Heavy rains sent mudslides through the streets of Casamicciola Terme, a settlement in the north of Ischia, a lush island near Capri that is packed with tourists in summer.
The fire service said earlier that one house had been covered in mud and two people had been rescued from a car that had ended up in the sea.
In the hardest-hit part of the city, at least 30 families were trapped in their homes without water or electricity, with mud and debris blocking the road, ANSA news agency reported.
Officials said they expect to evacuate and find temporary homes for between 150 and 200 people.
“The rescue operation remains complex due to the weather conditions,” the civil protection department said, but stressed that the teams would work through the night.
Local authorities called on Ischia residents to stay indoors so as not to hinder rescuers.
The devastation in Ischia comes just weeks after heavy rains and flooding in the central Italian region of Marche killed 11 people.