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

A year on, few signs of recovery in Italy's earthquake-struck centre
By Robert Hackwill
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A year after devastating earthquakes in central Italy many villages remain abandoned and most of the rebuilding has yet to be done.


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.
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,
only about 300 ave been restored.

“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
homeless people, who are still waiting for a house since the 2016 earthquake,’‘ reports euronews’ Valentina Longo.

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
of October 2016 have been dedicated to the reopening of his bakery:

“The village is completely cut off. Two, three days and then…everybody disappeared. Completely.
Too many months have gone by without any answer,” he complains.

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.
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.

“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….
well that will take a long time to return”.

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