Italy quake: state of emergency declared as rescue operation continuesComments
The number of people killed in Wednesday’s earthquake in central Italy now stands at a least 278.
The latest provisional death toll came as a powerful aftershock struck the hill-side town of Amatrice early on Friday morning, one of the worst-hit areas.
For now at least rescue and emergency teams continue to search for survivors, but in reality their work is now a recovery operation.
Italy’s Civil Protection department says nearly 400 other people remain in hospital – around 40 are said to be in a critical condition.