Six months after the deadly earthquake in the Italian town of L’Aquila and four thousand people remain homeless and living in tents.
Offers of temporary housing have been made but for some they are too far away from jobs and schools to be practical. Temperatures in the region are now dropping to below zero. A government housing project has been building 250 brand new quake-resistant apartments every week. Only two days ago Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi handed over the keys of the latest batch to be completed. But although the Italian leader predicted at the recent G8 summit that no one would be living in tents come the end of September, that target has now been moved back to December. When locals do get to move into their new homes most are satisfied and say it is all very comfortable. But the reconstruction of the ancient centres of L’Aquila and the surrounding villages has hardly begun and some say it could take a decade to complete.