May 10, 1998 |
The stricken Italian town of Sarno prepared to bury today dozens of residents killed in the mudslides that have submerged swaths of the south. Most of the 116 people known to have died in the disaster came from the town, as did the 22-year-old man found alive Friday after three days neck-deep in rubble. "The most beautiful thing is to be alive," Roberto Robustelli told Italian TV on Saturday from his hospital bed, his bloodied and bruised face swaddled in bandages.
May 9, 1998 |
In one house, shouts of joy went up Friday as a young photographer was hoisted alive from a well after three days buried in mud and water. A few houses away, rescuers encountered a heart-wrenching sight--the body of a young boy in the embrace of his dead father. Roberto Rubustelli was discovered alive in nearby Sarno, despite clouds of dust being blown up from the hardening mud caking this southern region after a mudslide Tuesday claimed at least 101 lives.
May 7, 1998 |
At least 33 people were dead and 70 missing Wednesday after days of downpours drove rivers of mud and rocks through several towns in southern Italy, sweeping away cars and flattening houses. About 2,000 people were left homeless after the mud spewed into low-lying villages in the Campania region around Naples. One village square, in Sarno, was turned into a muddy plain littered with half-buried debris, and a house on the edge of the square was flattened.
May 8, 1998 |
Thousands of rescuers battled against time Thursday in search of about 125 people still missing after torrents of mud smashed into villages in southern Italy, killing at least 55 people. The government civil protection agency, which has the grim duty of updating the death toll, issued a fresh bulletin Thursday evening saying 55 bodies had been recovered. Agency officials raised the number of people believed to be missing to 125, more than 50 over what it had been estimating for most of the day.
May 16, 1998 |
One of the towns devastated by mudslides that killed at least 148 people in the country's south last week was evacuated after torrential rains hit the area again, officials said. Residents were evacuated from Quindici, where 11 people died, even as rescuers searched mounds of hardened mud for more victims. Television reports showed residents and civil protection workers leaving the town by car as alarm sirens sounded to warn of the risk of more mudslides.
July 21, 1987 |
Flood waters receded and the sun came out Monday across the Italian Alps, but dozens of villages remained cut off and thousands of people were still stranded after floods and mud slides damaged roads and bridges. Officials said 19 people died in four days of rain that turned the Adda and Brembo mountain streams into raging torrents and sent mud cascading down wooded mountainsides. Eight people were missing and 50 were hospitalized.