'Voices under the rubble' after quake hits Italy; at least 73 dead
Updated: 2016-08-24 10:19
A man is carried away after having been rescued alive from the ruins following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, Aug 24, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]
As rescue workers carried away the body of the infant, carefully covered by a small blanket, the children's grandmother blamed God: "He took them all at once," she wailed.
The army was mobilised to help with special heavy equipment and the treasury released 235 million euros ($265 million) of emergency funds. At the Vatican, Pope Francis cancelled part of his general audience to pray for the victims.
Rescue workers used helicopters to pluck trapped survivors to safety in the more isolated villages, which had been cut off by landslides and rubble.