The death toll arising from the 6.2 magnitude earthquake which rocked the central Italian city of Umbria has reached 247 as rescue operatives worked throughout the night to rescue possible survivors buried deep down in rubble.
But according to reports, the death toll is expected to rise as 368 people are injured, some critically, and an unknown number still trapped in mountains of rubble.
Hundreds of people spent a chilly night in hastily assembled tents with the risk of aftershocks making it too risky for them to return home.
“Tonight will be our first nightmare night,” said Alessandro Gabrielli, one of hundreds preparing to sleep in tents in fields and parking lots in the small town of Amatrice, each one housing 12 people whose homes had been destroyed.
“Last night, I woke up with a sound that sounded like a bomb,” he told the Reuters news agency.
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