A number of people are feared to have been killed after a mudslide triggered by heavy rains swept away homes on the island of Ischia, near Naples.
The body of a woman was reported to have been found under the mud, and several other people are still missing.
Dozens of homes are cut off and some people are reportedly stuck in a hotel.
Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi told reporters the situation was "very complicated" and that the people missing were believed to be trapped under the mud.
On Thursday, two people were killed due to bad weather in the region.
Earlier, Infrastructure Minister Matteo Salvini said eight people had died in the landslide, adding: "From north to south, this country needs to be protected because it is the most beautiful country in the world.".
'In war, you don't get accidentally killed - you accidentally survive'