Thousands of people living in tents after the deadly earthquake in central Italy have celebrated Easter Sunday at open-air Masses or in temporary structures.
Around 20,000 people are living in refugee camps in and around L’Aquila, the capital of the Abruzzo region where close to 300 people were killed by Monday’s quake. Temporary altars were set up in tents as many churches were ruined or damaged by the quake or are in areas that are too dangerous to enter. One rescue worker said: “We’re trying, above all for the children, to hold a nice Easter, even here in the camps.” More than 40,000 people have been displaced by the earthquake. The European Commission said technical experts are being sent from Germany, France, Greece, Spain and Sweden to help the Italian authorities assess which of the damaged buildings can be repaired and which will have to be demolished.