Italy quake toll climbs: at least 18 dead

2016-08-24 10:18
Residents stand among damaged buildings after a strong earthquake hit Amatrice. (AFP)

Residents stand among damaged buildings after a strong earthquake hit Amatrice. (AFP)

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Rome - At least 18 people have died after a powerful earthquake struck central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, according to local officials.

Deaths were reported in three villages in a mountainous area straddling the regions of Lazio and Marche: Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto.

At least 10 people died in Pescara, a hamlet that is part of the bigger village of Arquata del Tronto, according to civil protection officers cited by the ANSA news agency.

Six bodies were recovered at Amatrice, according to the president of the Lazio region, and two at Accumoli, according to the town's mayor.

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