There are 247 confirmed dead and 264 injured at the hospital. Unfortunately, these numbers, announced by the Department of Civil Protection, are provisional. The increase of the number of victims, explains Civil Defense, is related to the fact that during the night was finished an activity of victims transporting. Civil Defence points out also “the effort of all the operating structures that are employing men and highly specialized tools from all over Italy.”
Still according to data provided by the Italian civil protection, there are 5,400 people – volunteers, firefighters, members of associations and NGOs – at work in the areas of central Italy, devastated by the fury of the earthquake. Since the beginning till 7 a.m. today, 460 aftershocks were recorded; only 2 of them have exceeded magnitude 5, one of which is the main shock.
“Search and rescue operations will continue until the activities cease, which will be concluded when it will be considered that no other people involved affected by the crashes can be found” some members of the Italian Civil Protection announced in a press conference.
They keep digging the rubble, although “molecular” dogs, as the rescuers report, have not smelled people who might be alive in Pescara del Tronto. They explain that this is not a good sign, but research continues unabated. They also keep assisting the populations: 1200 places out of the 3400 available have been used. Besides the assistance centers Accumoli, Amatrice, Arquata and Monte Gallo (for Lazio and Marche Regions), beds have been made available by the Region of Umbria, mostly in Norcia, but also in 4 other centers.