As the sun rose over L’Aquila today revealing further destruction, there was more gloom with the news that the town’s death toll has also risen.
Two days after a powerful earthquake hit the mountainous region of Abruzzo in central Italy, the number of dead now stands at 250. Around 100 people of some 1,000 injured also remain in a critical condition. Large aftershocks continue to hamper the best efforts of rescue teams, also claiming another victim who died of a heart attack. The strongest on Tuesday night, spreading panic, toppled buildings including more damage to the town’s basilica. But Tuesday also brought hope after the extraordinary rescue of a 20-year-old woman found in the rubble of a four-storey building, 42 hours after the quake. While the first funeral of a victim is due to take place later today, search teams have been given more time to look for survivors before the heavy machinery moves in.