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Italy to devote museum proceeds to restoration work after tragic quake

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Ticket income received on August 28 by public museums throughout Italy are planned to be allocated to restoration of cultural heritage sites affected by the August 24 earthquake that claimed 290 lives.

Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini noted that 293 culturally important sites in the area affected, many of them medieval churches, had either collapsed or been seriously damaged when the magnitude-6.2 quake struck Amatrice and other parts of the central region, BBC reports.

The appeal to rebuild was backed by Sergio Pirozzi, the mayor of Amatrice, the worst-affected town, which had 229 killed in the earthquake. «We want to restore Amatrice to what it was when they were here,» the BBC cited him as saying.

Italy’s government, however, has been severely criticised for failing to prevent deaths after the 2009 earthquake in nearby L’Aquila took the lives of 300 people.

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