In Italy, thousands of people have left their homes in the city of Ancona, after a giant landslide swept down a hillside just outside its perimeter.
GV PAN Road devastated by landslide in Ancona
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GV PAN Twisted and buckled railway tracks and embankment
GV Damaged buildings
GV PAN Twisted railway tracks and road
GV Car on wrecked road
GV People leaving houses with belongings
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Background: In Italy, thousands of people have left their homes in the city of Ancona, after a giant landslide swept down a hillside just outside its perimeter. The landslip started moving during the night of December 13/14 and severed electric and gas mains services. No injuries were reported, but the slide devastated large areas of the city, and the main railway line between Ancona and Bologna was wrecked. The lines lay twisted and buckled, and giant cracks and chasms ripped through many major roads. Because the area was hit by a major slide ten years' ago, the authorities knew of potential danger. As the slide has kept on moving slowly towards the sea, more than 2,000 people packed their belongings and left the area to move into hotels nearby. The Italian Civil Protection Minister, Mr Loris Fortuna, has left Rome to inspect the damage.