'Voices under the rubble' after quake hits Italy; at least 73 dead
Updated: 2016-08-24 10:19
A damaged house is seen following an earthquake in Accumuli di Rieti, central Italy, Aug 24, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]
Stefano Petrucci, mayor of nearby Accumoli, said some 2,500 people were left homeless in the local community, made up of 17 hamlets.
Residents responding to wails muffled by tonnes of bricks and mortar sifted through the rubble with their bare hands before emergency services arrived with earth-moving equipment and sniffer dogs. Wide cracks had appeared like open wounds on the buildings that were still standing.
The national Civil Protection Department said some survivors would be put up elsewhere in central Italy, while others would be housed in tents that were being dispatched to the area.