The misery of survivors of the Italian earthquake is being compounded by heavy rain and plummeting temperatures.
A week after the catastrophe and many thousands made homeless by the tremor are still being accommodated in tents. A woman in one camp said: “It’s a disaster. Yesterday the rain was inside my tent. It’s better now but when it’s cold it really a disaster.” In addition to grief and trauma, these people are now having to contend with severe physical hardship. The earthquake struck central Italy, devastating the town of L’Aquila and claiming close to 300 lives. The country mobilised to help the victims but the authorities cannot control the weather. One young mother said: “We’re not putting pressure on the officials because we know these things take time. I only hope that one day the kids will have a new roof over their heads, but made of wood, not concrete.” Forecasters say the cold snap is set to continue and that L’Aquilla will be the coldest place in Italy, with temperatures dropping to as low as 3 degrees.