Thousands made homeless by Monday’s earthquake are living in tent villages on hillsides in the devasted Abruzzo region.
Some 20 camps and 16 field kitchens have been erected to house and feed the refugees. Many have been put up in hotel rooms if they have no family to stay with. The focus now is on bringing some comfort to those who have lost homes and loved ones. “I’ve reached my limit,” said one bewildred man. “I just can’t stand it anymore. I am sleeping in the car without a home and without anything at all. You just feel absolutely powerless.” Food aid, blankets and warm clothing are being provided for the displaced people. It is estimated that between 3,000 and 10,000 structures have been damaged in L’Aquila, rendering the 13th Century city uninhabitable for all its 70,000 residents. The Italian Red Cross says it could be months or even years before all the people can return.