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Death toll of Italy quake reaches 240

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In central Italy, rescue work has continued in the night to August 25 to find survivors and bodies of victims in the rubble left behind a powerful, 6.2 magnitude earthquake.

BBC reports citing local officials that more than 240 people have died and at least 368 were injured and many more are still believed to be buried under rubble.

Over 4,300 rescuers are using heavy lifting equipment and bare hands to find them.

Reportedly, the earthquake struck southeast of the city of Perugia, at a comparatively very shallow depth of 10km.

«The roads in and out of town are cut off. Half the town is gone. There are people under the rubble… There’s been a landslide and a bridge might collapse,» Amatrice town mayor Sergio Perozzi was cited as saying.

The quake was followed by several powerful aftershocks and Italy’s Civil Protection agency described the earthquake as «severe».

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