Published: Wed, August 31, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

At least 240 killed in Italy quake; aftershocks complicate efforts

At least 240 killed in Italy quake; aftershocks complicate efforts

The death toll from a devastating natural disaster in central Italy rose to at least 247 people early on Thursday after rescue teams worked through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns. A devastating quake rocked central Italy early Wednesday, collapsing homes on top of residents a. "This was a night of work and the teams never stopped".

"No family, no city, no hamlet will be left alone", he said.

CNN correspondent Frederik Pleitgen saw machinery moving in through the narrow lanes in Amatrice and rescuers using sniffer dogs to help find more bodies.

Like other villages and towns in the mountainous area, Amatrice, where the mayor lamented that "half the town no longer exists", has stone churches and other buildings that were constructed centuries ago, when little if anything was known about earthquakes.

The vast majority of the victims, 195, are from Amatrice and Accumuli in the Lazio region closer to Rome.

More than 1,000 people have been displaced by the quake, and Italy's Civil Protection agency said no residents were allowed to sleep in the devastated town of Amatrice on Wednesday night.

A general view of Pescara del Tronto town destroyed by the quake on August 24, 2016 in Pescara del Tronto, Italy. "Slowly, slowly. Mind her head", they say to one another as onlookers applaud in support.

Pirozzi told state-run RAI radio and Sky TG24 that he needs heavy equipment to clear rubble-clogged streets to get to the injured, the Associated Press reported.

"I wasn't here. As soon as the quake happened, I rushed here".

This story has been corrects the spelling of town of Pescara del Tronto in the dateline.

Two boys aged four and seven were saved by their quick-thinking grandmother, who ushered them under a bed as soon as the shaking began, according to reports. Earlier, officials said two Romanians had died and eight were missing.

Italy's quake was a lot weaker than the one in Myanmar, but it did far more damage because it happened at a shallower depth.

Sergio Perozzi, the mayor of Amatrice, told RAI "roads in and out of town are cut off".

The powerful jolt was felt as far away as Rome, 100 miles from the epicenter.

In recent Italian quakes, some modern buildings - many of them public institutions - have been the deadliest.

All of the residents in Amatrice and Accumoli were evacuated by late Wednesday.

Amatrice is a hilltop beauty spot considered home of amatriciana, one of Italy's favourite pasta sauces.

In the case of the L'Aquila quake, prosecutors also put six geologists on trial for allegedly having failed to adequately warn residents about the temblor.

By contrast, the 6.8 quake in Myanmar was deeper - at 52 miles (84 kilometers), which is considered an intermediate depth.

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