site.btaUPDATED Two Bulgarians Among Missing after Landslide on Italian Island of Ischia
A 54-year-old Bulgarian woman is among 10 people who are still missing after a landslide occurred on the Italian holiday island of Ischia, Italian newspapers Il Giornale and Corriere della Sera reported on Sunday.
The Bulgarian woman, Nikolinka Blagova, had worked on the island when she was young. For several years now she has been living in Germany with her partner, whom she met on Ischia. Blagova has recently applied for Italian citizenship and returned to Ischia three days ago to make some final arrangements. She was legally declared an Italian citizen last Thursday, after which she was to return to Germany.
According to another Italian newspaper, Fanpage, a friend of Blagova, a Bulgarian national, is among the missing, as well.
According to the Italian authorities, one of the victims of the landslide on the island is probably a Bulgarian citizen who also holds Italian citizenship, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said in a press release on Sunday evening. The Bulgarian diplomatic mission is in continuous contact with the Italian authorities to obtain official confirmation.
The landslide on Ischia hit heavily the small village of Casamicciola Terme on Saturday morning. Five dead bodies have been found by rescuers. As of Sunday morning, there are still 10 people missing, 13 injured and another 130 people left without a roof over their heads, Il Giornale also said.