'Voices under the rubble' after quake hits Italy; at least 73 dead
Updated: 2016-08-24 10:19
Rescuers work at a collapsed house following a quake in Amatrice, central Italy, Aug 24, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he would visit the disaster area later in the day: "No one will be left alone, no family, no community, no neighbourhood. We must get down to work .. to restore hope to this area which has been so badly hit," he said in a brief televised address.
A spokeswoman for the civil protection department, Immacolata Postiglione, said the dead were in Amatrice, Accumoli and other villages including Pescara del Tronto and Arquata del Tronto.
Most of the damage was in the Lazio and Marche regions. Neighbouring Umbria was also affected.