Rome: Seventeen hours after a deadly earthquake struck central Italy, rescue workers managed to pull alive a 10-year-old girl from rubble in Pescara del Tronto on Wednesday.
The miraculous rescue of the kid created a ripple of sweet relief among the rescuers and residents of Pescara del Tronto. The epicentre of the quake was in Norcia in Umbria, about 170 km north-east of Rome, while the hardest hit were the towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto.
A powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake ripped through the mountains in central Italy on Wednesday, claiming more than 250 lives as it flattened several villages and towns, media report said. The earthquake struck at a shallow depth of 10 km.
Many persons are still believed trapped beneath building debris, while rescuers are struggling to reach remote villages and towns levelled in the quake.
Italy Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had paid tribute to the volunteers and civil defence officials who rushed to the scene in the middle of the night and used their bare hands to dig for survivors.
AMATRICE REDUCED TO RUBBLE
Much of the town of Amatrice was reduced to rubble.
Amatrice is known for its traditional all’amatriciana pasta sauce, and was gearing up to hold a festival celebrating the recipe this weekend, reports said. The town is popular with holidaymakers and most of the 2,500 people left displaced by the earthquake were said to be visitors.
The Italian branch of the Red Cross sent at least 20 ambulances and sniffer dogs to affected areas alongside the Italian Defence Ministry.