More than 2,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in the village of Maierato in the Italian region of Calabria after landslides caused by heavy rain.
The landslip has left the village without water, gas or electricity.
There were similar scenes in San Fratello on the island of Sicily, where half of the town of 4,500 people was evacuated. No casualties have been reported, unlike last October when landslides in eastern Sicily cost around thirty lives.
Lanslides are not uncommon in such hillside communities but sub-standard construction and the non-respect of building norms are being blamed for extensive damage to houses.