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Italy quake: 'A lot of people are still under the rubble'

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Italy quake: 'A lot of people are still under the rubble'

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Euronews reporter Gardenia Trezzini, who is in Rome, outlined the emergency response to the devastating earthquake in central Italy.

Claudio Rosmino, euronews:

“Central Italy’s been hit again by a violent earthquake, seven years after the one in L’Aquila.

“How quick has the rescue response been? Has previous experience helped with the response?”

Gardenia Trezzini, euronews:

“The rescue procedures started almost immediately, as it was clear from the start that the quake was quite strong.

“There have been some delays, because of difficulties in reaching locations hit by the quake. Most of the villages are on top of the mountains and roads have been badly damaged.

“There’s also been a blackout in a wide area. For instance, it took rescue team two hours to reach one of the most badly damaged areas, Accumuli.”

Claudio Rosmino, euronews:

“This quake hit small towns in particular. What kind of challenges do these areas present rescuers with?”

Gardenia Trezzini, euronews:

“First of all, we have to point out that most of the most damaged buildings were in the historical city centre.

“We are talking about old stone buildings, with very fragile structures and of course not recognised in respect of earthquake standards.

“Some of them collapsed quickly. A lot of people are still under the rubble.

“But another problem for these small villages is available space – how rescue operations can be managed on the ground, where rescued people are put etc.

“For instance in Matricia, next to Rieti, one of the most damaged villages, there are around 2,500 to place.”

Claudio Rosmino, euronews:

“As often happens in these cases, people come together. Have people been helping? Giving blood?”

Gardenia Trezzini, euronews:

“In the regions hit by the quake, everybody is searching for survivors, digging with available resources.

“Civil Protection officials have asked people not to hinder the rescue operations. Because of the territory, there’s a risk that volunteers could slowdown access for rescuers.

“Local authorities are also asking citizens to disconnect wifi connections – to help facilitate internet communications.

“Local hospitals, particularly the ones in Rieti, have called on people to give blood and a lot of people are rushing there.”

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