More than 22,000 in shel­ters af­ter Italy quakes

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Ital­ian au­thor­i­ties say the num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing in shel­ters af­ter a se­ries of pow­er­ful earth­quakes in cen­tral Italy has risen to around 22,000.

Italy’s Civil Pro­tec­tion Agency said Tues­day that more than 15,000 of those are be­ing housed in their own com­mu­ni­ties, most of­ten in public struc­tures like gym­na­si­ums. An­other 6,000 are stay­ing in ho­tels along the coast of the Marche re­gion, and an­other 700 are in ho­tels in Um­bria.

Au­thor­i­ties say more than 100,000 peo­ple were af­fected by the 6.6mag­ni­tude quake on Sun­day, sus­tain­ing prop­erty dam­age or be­ing fright­ened from their homes. But there were no deaths, mainly be­cause frag­ile town cen­ters had been evac­u­ated af­ter a pair of strong quakes four days ear­lier.

The quakes hit the same re­gion reel­ing from a deadly quake in Au­gust.

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