2,300 people evacuated as an avalanche of mud and rocks buries scenic Italian town
Some 2,300 residents of small town of Maierato in the Calabria region, southern Italy were evacuated, as an “apocalyptic” landslide triggered by heavy rainfall brought down an entire hillside burying the town under an avalanche of mud and rocks. There was no report of deaths or injuries, Xinhua said.
The entire region has been severely affected by flash floods and landslides. Many small towns close to Cosenza, located at the confluence of the Busento and the Crathis rivers, have also been evacuated recently due to the floods.
More than 100 smaller landslides in Calabria, all of which were apparently caused by heavy rains, have since been reported, sources say.
A deadly landslide in the Sicilian city of Messina killed about 40 people and left up to a 1,000 others homeless in October 2009.