At least five dead in Italian earthquake: media

August 24, 2016 8:53 am
Rescuers carry a man in Amatrice, Italy on August 24, 2016 after a strong earthquake © AFP / Filippo Monteforte

, Rome, Italy, Aug 24 – At least five people have died after a powerful earthquake struck central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, local media reported.

The first confirmed victims of the 6.2-magnitude quake which devastated dozens of villages were an elderly couple whose home collapsed at Pescara del Tronto in the Marche region to the east of the epicentre, national broadcaster Rai and other media reported.

One other person was reported dead at Accumoli, a village close to the epicentre, and two corpses were recovered from the rubble of a collapsed building in Amatrice.

The mayor of Arquata del Tronto, near Pescara, said that, in addition to the one confirmed death, four people were trapped under rubble and not responding to residents trying to reach them.


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