'Voices under the rubble' after quake hits Italy; at least 73 dead
Updated: 2016-08-24 10:19
The interior of a house is seen after a quake in Amatrice, central Italy, Aug 24, 2016.[Photo/Agencies]
The national Civil Protection Department gave the official death toll of 73 at about 12 hours after the pre-dawn quake struck. Scores more will still believed unaccounted for, with the presence of the summer holidaymakers making it difficult to tally.
DISAPPEARING INTO DUST
Patients at the badly damaged hospital in Amatrice were moved into the streets.
"Three quarters of the town is not there anymore," Amatrice mayor Sergio Pirozzi told state broadcaster RAI. "The aim now is to save as many lives as possible. There are voices under the rubble, we have to save the people there."