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Death toll from Italy quake rises to 295

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Death toll from Italy quake rises to 295

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The death toll of the earthquake that rocked central Italy last month has risen to 295, after another body was spotted in the rubble.

The man was a 27-year-old Afghan refugee living in a shelter in Amatrice, according to local media reports. He was the last person reported missing in this town, the hardest hit by the August 24 quake.

His brother had alerted rescuers he could be under the rubble, but the position of the fallen house, near a cliff, made the search difficult.

Heavy rain is now adding to misery for the more than 4,000 people left homeless by the disaster, living in tents and waiting for temporary wooden homes.

Many parts of Amatrice, known as the town of 100 churches, crumbled to pieces when the 6.2 magnitude quake struck.

Among the buildings that collapsed was an elementary school that was supposed to have been upgraded to modern anti-quake norms four years ago. The National Anti-Corruption Agency is now looking into how the contract for that work was awarded.

Last week, Germany offered to rebuild the school. But for now, local authorities are assembling a prefabricated building to allow pupils to go back to school next week.

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