ROME, August 25. /TASS/ More than 5,000 people are taking part in a clean-up operation in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that rocked Central Italy, La Reppublica newspaper stated citing the National Service for Civil Defense.
According to the national service’s spokeswoman Titti Postiglione, more than 1,000 policemen, 1,060 firefighters, 400 military servicemen and also over 3,000 volunteers and public organizations’ members from the quake-stricken areas are participating in removing the rubble and assisting the injured.
According to the latest information, the death toll from the natural disaster in Central Italy has risen to 247.
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Italy on Wednesday at 3:36 am local time (4:36 am Moscow time), with a 5.4-magnitude aftershock that followed the initial quake.
The tremors affected a wide area in the Apennines, shocks were felt as far away as Perugia, Rieti and Norcia to name a few. The earthquake epicenter was registered in the Rieti province at a depth of 4 kilometers.