Italy macroseism: Fatalities reach 267 as more than 900 aftershocks stifle search and rescue operations

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More than 900 aftershocks hit Italy, following Wednesday’s massive quake of magnitude 6.2. Early Friday an aftershock of magnitude 4.7 hit the affected area, which was one of 57 tremors had struck since midnight. Death toll has reached up to 267, which is expected to rise while 400 hospitalized.

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has declared a state of emergency for the affected areas at the same time he announced a state funeral on Saturday in Ascoli Piceno. Meanwhile last rites of victims of catastrophic earthquake were held Friday August 26. The rescuers continue to hunt for survivors and dead bodies through rubble.

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The devastating earthquake hit a remote area of central Italy, mainly three villages in a mountainous area including Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto. Amatrice is one of the worst hit area which was packed with visitors when the quake struck.

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has announced release of an initial fund of 50 million euros ($74 million) for emergency aid. He said that predicating resettlement of the homeless is difficult but continued that rehousing these homeless people are his Government’s top priority.

“This is not about setting challenges and making promises. We need the pace of a marathon runner.” He said that the country needs beefed up efforts to tackle with earthquakes that continue to hit the country sporadically. “We want those communities to have the chance of a future and not just memories. Italy should have plan that is not just limited to the management of emergency situations. In this area we are the best in the world, but that’s not enough.”