Italy earthquake death toll raise to 247 people
The earthquake in Italy killed 247 people. As of the Italian authorities the death toll from Wednesday’s earthquake in the central part of the country has risen to 247. The Italy earthquake hit a remote area straddling Umbria, Marche and Lazio at a time of year when second-home owners and other visitors swell the numbers staying there. Many of the victims were from Rome. The earth quake recorded as 6.2 Magnitude. The rescue team efforts are continued continuously from the night, and remains continued till the issue resolved. The quake lasted for at least 30 seconds. The entire hotel was shaking,” said Charlotte Smith, coach of Elon University women’s basketball team in North Carolina, who was in Rome with her players when the quake hit.
Pope calls for prayers
Pope Francis called for prayers for those affected by the Italy earthquake, while Italian President Sergio Mattarella said “the entire country should rally with solidarity around the affected populations.” At the moment we need to employ all our forces to save human lives, treat the injured and ensure the best conditions for the people displaced, he said. The rescue efforts “won’t slow down during the night”, the head of the civil protection agency Fabrizio Curcio told public broadcaster Rai. He did not say how many people were still thought to be missing.
US President Barack Obama called Mattarella to offer US assistance
President Barack Obama called Mattarella on Wednesday to offer US assistance. The leaders of France, Germany and Russia all expressed their sympathy over the disaster, while the Italian Voluntary Blood Association made an appeal for people to donate blood to help treat those affected.