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Landslides hit Italy after heavy rain 

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Landslides hit Italy after heavy rain 


There has been panic in Maierato in southern Italy as an entire hillside nearby gave way and began to move. The dramatic collapse is being blamed on a period of heavy rain in Calabria. 
About 200 residents were moved out of their homes as the authorities evacuated the town.
More than 100 smaller landslides have been reported across the region.
Elsewhere, in Sicily, a state of emergency has been declared in San Fratello after landslides caused serious damage to buildings and roads. 
The town sits more than halfway up a hillside 800 metres high. Several days of rain are again being blamed. The local mayor said they were watching the town disappear before their very eyes.
Two thousand people — almost half San Fratello’s population — have been moved from their homes. 
Last October a landslide in eastern Sicily left 30 people dead.

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