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Italy begins to say goodbye to earthquake victims

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Italy begins to say goodbye to earthquake victims


L’Aquila has begun the grim task of burying its dead, and Friday will be a day of national mourning in Italy, with a mass state funeral.

All Serie B football matches have been cancelled as a mark of respect. The death toll now stands at 272, with 20 to 30 people still missing. The list of injured is all but finalised; 1179, of which 179 are in a serious condition. The Interior Ministry has given rescue teams until Easter Sunday to find any more survivors. Then the clean-up will begin in earnest. Some of the 28 000 people who have lost their homes have started to return to see what they can salvage, but it seems unlikely some communities will ever recover. Onna, one of the worst hit, lost 13 percent of its population, and 90 percent of the houses will have to be razed as they are beyond repair. 30 seconds was all that it took for the people in the Abruzzo region to have the ground beneath their feet swept away from them, along with over 1000 years of history.

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