Earthquake in Italy: 267 killed, 388 wounded


Italian authorities have announced Saturday, August 27, the day of national mourning after the devastating earthquake. According to recent reports, the disaster killed 267 people. The first funeral of the victims will also be held on Saturday. The ceremony will be attended by the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi and President Sergio Mattarella.

Rescuers continue to disassemble the rubble of the collapsed after an earthquake in the Central part of the country buildings. The chances of finding them alive under the people all decrease. Now in hospitals there are 388 wounded, 40 of them in critical condition. As a result of the tragedy, more than 2 thousand people homeless.

Previously, Italy declared a state of emergency. The government has allocated 50 million euros to help victims of the earthquake and elimination of the consequences of the tragedy. The Prime Minister of Italy instructed the Ministry of economy temporarily cease to levy taxes on the victims of the earthquakes.





Wednesday, August 24, in the region earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2, followed by a second jolt a magnitude of 5,4. Tremors were felt in the cities of Central Italy, including in Rome and Bologna.

The epicenter was near the town Accumuli in the province of Rieti (Metropolitan region of Lazio) at a depth of about four kilometers. According to rescuers, the earthquake had destroyed or damaged up to three-quarters of the buildings in the city. The Minister for cultural heritage and activities of Italy, Dario Franceschini, said that the disaster has dealt 293 damage to monuments, while 50 of them were completely or partially destroyed.

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