Italy holds state funeral for victims of tragic quake

  • Italy held a state funeral for victims which on latest reports on death toll rose to 284, after being struck by a magnitude 6.2 disastrous earthquake  
  • The state funeral was held in a community gym in Ascoli Piceno where President Sergio Mattarella and Premier Matteo Renzi joined people mourning and crying in the midst of 34 coffins in the gym
  • People who were left homeless by the tragic quake are spending their nights in tent cities where volunteers are working to provide their necessities

After being struck by a magnitude 6.2 disastrous earthquake at 3:36 a.m. on Wednesday, Italy held a state funeral for victims which has the latest reports on death toll rising to 284.

The state funeral was held in a community gym in Ascoli Piceno where President Sergio Mattarella and Premier Matteo Renzi joined people mourning and crying in the midst of 34 coffins in the gym.

The earthquake hit a central mountainous area of Italy wherein reports claimed that there are people who are still unaccounted for as rescue operations continue to carry out their missions of recovering bodies. Some of the funerals took place on Friday while those of other victims are expected in the next days.

“It is a great tragedy. There are no words to describe it,” said Gina Razzetti, a town resident who joined hundreds of local people for the funeral. “Each one of us has our pain inside. We are thinking about the families who lost relatives, who lost their homes, who lost everything.”

A resident of Ascoli Piceno who was also present in the funeral also remarked: “The melancholy grabs on to your heart, you feel a sense of weakness, of depression. An event like this weakens you physically and mentally.”

President Mattarella by helicopter visited Amatrice where the largest reports of casualties were recorded. He expressed his gratitude towards rescue teams who have been spending their time and effort saving trapped people and recovering the dead since Wednesday.

Based on latest reports, 224 people died in Amatrice, 11 in Accumoli and 49 in Arquata del Toronto.

People who were left homeless by the tragic quake are spending their nights in tent cities where volunteers are working to provide their necessities.

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