Fu­neral tears as Italy says farewell to quake dead

The Myanmar Times - - World -

ITALY has bid a tear­ful farewell to dozens of those who died in last week’s earth­quake as the na­tion mourned the vic­tims of a dis­as­ter that claimed nearly 300 lives.

Pres­i­dent Ser­gio Mattarella, Prime Min­is­ter Mat­teo Renzi and other lead­ers were among hun­dreds of mourn­ers at a sports hall in As­coli Pi­ceno, cap­i­tal of the cen­tral Marche re­gion, on Au­gust 27.

The hall had been tem­po­rar­ily con­verted into a place of wor­ship for the fu­neral of most of the peo­ple who per­ished in the vil­lages of Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto in the re­gion’s moun­tain­ous in­te­rior.

Hun­dreds more stood silently out­side, the som­bre pro­ceed­ings of the mass re­layed to them by loud­speaker, three days af­ter the deadly pre-dawn quake which killed 291 peo­ple ac­cord­ing to the lat­est count.

Rel­a­tives of the dead hugged each other as Gio­vanni D’Er­cole, the bishop of As­coli, im­plored them not to lose faith.

“Don’t be afraid to scream your suf­fer­ing, but do not lose courage,” he said. “To­gether we will re­build our houses. To­gether, above all, we will give life back to our com­mu­ni­ties ... The vil­lage bells will ring once more.”

Emer­gency ser­vices are con­fi­dent they have ac­counted for ev­ery­one in the smaller out­ly­ing ham­lets that were so badly dam­aged there are doubts as to whether they will ever be in­hab­ited again. –

Photo: AFP

(From left) Italy’s Pres­i­dent Ser­gio Mattarella, Se­nate Pres­i­dent Pi­etro Grasso, Lower House Speaker Laura Boldrini, Prime Min­is­ter Mat­teo Renzi and Mr Renzi’s wife Ag­nese at­tend a fu­neral ser­vice for vic­tims of the earth­quake in As­coli Pi­ceno on Au­gust 27.

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