The Minister of foreign affairs and cooperation Louise Mushikiwabo sends condolences to Italians after a shocked earthquake immerged early Wednesday in the north-east of Rome and death toll rise to 247.
Dozens are believed confined in ruined Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, in mountainous central of Italy and The death toll in the Italian earthquake has risen to at least 247 as thousands of rescuers continue efforts to find survivors.
— Louise Mushikiwabo (@LMushikiwabo) August 24, 2016
The 6.2-magnitude quake hit at 03:36 (01:36 GMT) on Wednesday 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome and Minister of health said many of the victims were children and there were warnings the toll could rise further.
The search went on through the night, and there was a strong aftershock which rocked already damaged buildings. More than 4,300 rescuers are using heavy lifting equipment and their bare hands.
The latest death toll was given on Thursday morning – 190 deaths in Rieti province and 57 in neighbouring Ascoli Piceno province as BBC reports.
Rescuers said they had pulled five bodies from the ruins of the Hotel Roma in the historic town of Amatrice. As many as 70 tourists were staying at the hotel when the quake struck. Many are feared to be in the rubble, though several were pulled out and given medical care.
Late on Wednesday there were cheers in the village of Pescara del Tronto when a young girl was pulled alive from the rubble after being trapped for 17 hours. Almost all the houses there had collapsed, the mayor said.
The quake struck small towns and villages in the mountainous area where the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Le Marche meet.
Théogène U @Bwiza.com