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A year on, few signs of recovery in Italy's earthquake-struck centre

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By Robert Hackwill
A year on, few signs of recovery in Italy's earthquake-struck centre

<p>Almost one year after the first earthquake to hit the centre of Italy in 2016, in the village of Pieve Torina reconstruction has yet to begin. <br /> Ninety-two percent of the 2,3 million tons of debris is still there. At least 8311 remain homeless, and of the 3620 homes that were damaged or destroyed, <br /> only about 300 ave been restored. </p> <p>“This is one of the areas where they’re building so-called ‘‘cassettes’‘, the small wooden houses which are going to host the thousands of <br /> homeless people, who are still waiting for a house since the 2016 earthquake,’‘ reports euronews’ Valentina Longo. </p> <p>Daniele Pascoli was born here. Having lost his house, he is living in a container with his family. And all his efforts since the second quake of 30th<br /> of October 2016 have been dedicated to the reopening of his bakery: </p> <p>“The village is completely cut off. Two, three days and then…everybody disappeared. Completely.<br /> Too many months have gone by without any answer,” he complains.</p> <p>It is the same situation in Visso. Slowness and difficulty are the main issues, despite the last two governments’ promises of a quick return to normality.<br /> Expert surveyor Pamela Cappa, who lives in a studio apartment after being in a hotel and a campsite, is helping the Visso org-Sibillini Lab association to relaunch the community.</p> <p>“My biggest sorrow is to still have this landscape in 15 years: maybe it’s going to be construction sites, ruins, or debris…. but what Visso was…. <br /> well that will take a long time to return”.</p>