Italy Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 120 [Updated]

On Aug. 24, 2016, a magnitude-6.2 earthquake hit central Italy, destroying three cities: Pescara del Tronto, Amatrice, and Accumoli. As of this report, the death toll rose to 120 casualties. According to Italy’s health minister, Beatrice Lorenzin, many victims are children.

However, there is some good news. The firefighters rescued an 8-year-old girl who is alive. No further information have been revealed about the girl’s condition.

The catastrophic earthquake is the country’s deadliest since 2009. It happened during the night when most citizens were inside their homes. Also, there were many tourists enjoying the last days of summer.

Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi declared that the death toll had not reached its final number. Moreover, he affirmed that many rescuers are still trying to recover the victims from the ruins.

The earthquakes are not unusual in Italy. According to The Telegraph, in 2012, another catastrophe killed 23 persons and left 14,000 others homeless, in the region of Emilia- Romagna.

UPDATE: The total number of casualties has risen to 159, according to Italy’s civil protection agency.

This is an ongoing story. Updates will be provided as they become available.

Written by Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Cathy Milne

Sources:

The Telegraph: Earthquake in Italy: ‘At least 120 dead including many children’ as ‘apocalyptic’ 6.2 magnitude quake leaves towns in ruins
BBC: Italy earthquake: Death toll rises to at least 159

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