Landslide Ischia, a state of emergency has been established and 2 million allocated

The CDM appoints Simonetta Calcaterra commissioner for the management of the emergency which will last a year

The CDM has declared a state of emergency for the island of Ischia, following the landslide that hit the town of Casamicciola yesterday. “An allocation of two million euros has also been prepared, which will be followed by other allocations, as soon as we have an overview of the damage and immediate needs”. Thus the Minister for the Sea, Nello Musumeci, who has the delegation for civil protection, at the end of the council of ministers. “The state of emergency – he explains – will last for a year”.

“It has been decided to appoint Dr. Simonetta Calcaterra as commissioner, who is currently replacing the mayor in the most affected municipality. It is important to know that the emergency must be overcome, especially with reference to the disasters linked to hydrogeological instability”. Musumeci then recalled that “the civil protection has been given the task of setting up a working group involving the representatives of the ministries interested in planning and managing the funds, which are not few, to mitigate the risk from landslides and floods” .

“The will is there, we immediately get to work for concrete answers, to quickly use those resources, which are many, available to local authorities, knowing of the lack of technical offices and other difficulties. We have to run for cover, balance is needed that does not sacrifice transparency, but allows projects to start in a reasonable time”.

THE RELEASE – The Council of Ministers, on the proposal of the President Giorgia Meloni and the Minister for civil protection and marine policies Nello Musumeci, approved the declaration of a state of emergency as a result of the exceptional floods and landslides that occurred in the territory of the island of Ischia (Naples), starting from 26 November 2022. For the implementation of the first urgent interventions, relief and assistance to the population and restoration of the functionality of public services and strategic network infrastructures, 2,000,000 euros have been allocated euro from the National Emergencies Fund. Upon completion of the in-depth studies on the effective impact of the events, the additional appropriations necessary for the completion of the activities will be assessed.

The civil protection ordinance, which will follow the declaration of the state of emergency, will also contain the extension of tax and social security obligations until December 2022, for residents of Ischia and for economic operators on the island, while the extension for 2023 will be established by law. The functionality of the Ischia branch of the Court will also be extended.

The Council of Ministers also announces that: a) the “National plan for adaptation to climate change” will be approved within the year; b) the competent ministers will carry out a careful reconnaissance of the financial resources already existing to deal with the national hydrogeological emergency in order to use them in full, and of the personnel to be dedicated to supporting the Municipalities, starting with the smallest ones.

The Cdm will propose to the Head of Civil Protection, as Commissioner for Civil Protection in Ischia, Dr. Simonetta Calcaterra, current Extraordinary Commissioner of the Municipality of Casamicciola. During the meeting, President Meloni renewed his feelings of closeness to those affected and to the whole community of Ischia. Furthermore, the President expressed his deep gratitude to the forces involved in the relief efforts, above all the firefighters, who have been carrying out the search operations for the missing since yesterday.