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Fire crews pull six people from mudslide on Rome hill

Torrential rains blamed when earth engulfed shelters

31 January, 14:22
Fire crews pull six people from mudslide on Rome hill (Updates previous) (ANSA) - Rome, January 31 - Six people who were swept away with make-shift shelters during a landslide Friday in Rome were found in good condition, the fire department said.

Authorities said torrential rain led to the deterioration of a hillside near the Vatican that sent a wall of rain-soaked earth and mud hurtling down to engulf huts inhabited by poor people and immigrants.

Police began a frantic search for injured victims after neighbours heard screams.

A large section of a hill in the Aurelio district, a suburb between the Vatican and Rome city limits, sheared off and collapsed onto the small shanty-town, many of whose inhabitants are believed to be Roma.

Rome has been one of the Italian cities worst hit by a wave of torrential rain.

The six were taken to hospital as a precaution.

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