Italy’s earthquake killed 247 persons so far, say officials

A victim is taken away in Amatrice in central Italy, where a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck early Wednesday. Photo: Associated Press
A victim is taken away in Amatrice in central Italy, where a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck early Wednesday. Photo: Associated Press

The death toll in the Italian earthquake has risen to at least 247 as thousands of rescuers continue efforts to find survivors.

Dozens are believed trapped in ruined Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, in mountainous central Italy.

The search went on through the night, and there was a strong aftershock which rocked already damaged buildings.

More than 4,300 rescuers are using heavy lifting equipment and their bare hands.

Many of the victims were children, the health minister said, and there were warnings the toll could rise further.

The 6.2-magnitude quake hit at 03:36 (01:36 GMT) on Wednesday 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome.

The latest death toll was given on Thursday morning – 190 deaths in Rieti province and 57 in neighbouring Ascoli Piceno province.

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