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Major earthquake strikes central Italy

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy claiming lives, injuring others and leaving many homeless.

Wednesday August 24, 2016

Italian Red Cross provide aid search and rescue in Italy earthquake
A destructive earthquake has struck central Italy. Photo: EPA/EMILIANO GRILLOTTI

Italian Red Cross search and rescue teams are racing to help those affected by an earthquake which has severely damaged towns near the city of Perugia.

While the situation is still unfolding, media reports are that at least 10 people have been killed and others are trapped in the rubble.

Red Cross medical teams, including 20 ambulances, are arriving to support the rescue operations.

Local Red Cross volunteers are providing first aid and personal support to people affected.

All Italian Red Cross emergency centres have been activated and are helping coordinate assistance across the country.

Italian Red Cross is passing on information to affected communities on how to stay safe, what to do in the case of aftershocks and how to get in touch with emergency services

For more information go to Italian Red Cross - Croce Rossa Italiana.