The 6.2 magnitude earthquake destroyed Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto localities in the centre of Italy.
Italians are mourning the dead and are embarked on rescue efforts to salvage the situation of citizens affected by the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the localities of Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto localities in the centre of Italy, on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 morning.
BBC reported that at least 73 people were already found dead by yesterday afternoon and rescuers were on frantic efforts to safe the lives of some 150 people declared missing. The death toll was expected to rise considering that many people were said still believed buried under the rubble. Some buildings in the capital, Rome reportedly shook for 20 seconds as the quake struck the regional border area of Umbria, Lazio and Le Marche. It was felt from Bologna in the north to Naples in the south.
The Mayor of Arquata del Tronto, Aleandro Petrucci, was quoted as saying, "The village isn't there any more. Almost all the houses in Pescara del Tronto have collapsed." The Mayor of Amatrice, Sergio Pirozzi said, "The roads in and out of town are cut off. Half the town is gone. There are people under the rubble. There's been a landslide and a bridge might collapse.
President Sergio Mattarella BBC quoted, described the disaster as “moment of grief and appealed to shared responsibility.” Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, news agencies reported, visited the affected areas located some 100 kilometres north-east of the capital, Rome not far from Perugia. He reportedly paid tribute to the volunteers and civil defence officials who had rushed to the scene in the middle of the night and used their bare hands to dig for survivors. Mr Renzi reportedly promised affected areas that "no family, no city, no hamlet will be left alone".