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Mercoledì, 24 Agosto 2016 12:42

Death toll in central Italy quake rises to 38

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6.2 magnitude earthquake hits central Italy - at least 38 dead 6.2 magnitude earthquake hits central Italy - at least 38 dead

Rome, (Italy) - At least 38 people were confirmed dead and many more were missing after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Apennine regions of central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Ten died in the Marche villages of Arquata and Pescara del Tronto and 28 lives were lost in the Lazio villages of Accumoli and Amatrice. 

The earthquake, which struck at 03:36 local time and was followed by a second, 5.4 magnitude seism at 04:33 between Umbria and the Marche, was said by civil protection authorities to be "comparable in intensity" to the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake in which over 300 people died.

There were reports of "apocalyptic scenes" with many collapsed buildings in the towns and villages affected. Rescuers had difficulty accessing the area due to landslides and damaged infrastructure.

In Amatrice the missing reportedly included two refugees from Afghanistan, Sultana and Hahmed, aged 26 and 27, and three nuns and four elderly guests at a local boarding house. The hospital in the mountain town also had to be evacuated due to structural damage and was declared non-operational, but none of the patients were reported injured.

L'Aquila Mayor Massimo Cialente said 250 temporary homes built after the 2009 earthquake were available for the newly displaced. The Rieti provincial chapter of Italian blood donation charity AVIS has put out a call for people to donate blood for the injured.

A baby girl was pulled dead from the rubble of her home in the centre of Arquata del Tronto. The infant, who is reported to have been around nine months old, was with her parents who were rescued alive and taken to hospital with injuries. 

In the Lazio village of Accumoli, the bodies of a young couple and their two children were recovered from the rubble of their collapsed home. Mayor Stefano Petrucci said 2,500 people are displaced from their homes, approximately 2,000 of them summer holidaymakers. "We will try to assist all of them, but it is better if they leave," he said. "The wound caused by the (2009) L'Aquila earthquake is still fresh, and we fear being forgotten…" the mayor added. (Ansa)

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