Monti arrives in earthquake area

IImagetalian PM Mario Monti arrived in Ferrara last night and will be visiting the areas worst hit by the earthquake which killed seven, leaving thousands without access to their homes. Monti will visit the towns of Sant Agostino and Finale Emilia which suffered worst during the earthquake and tremors which began in the early hours of Sunday. Mr. Monti arrived straight form the Camp David summit to Ferrara, and is expected to return to Rome by tomorrow in order to declare the state of emergency for the area.

Four of the seven victims were factory workers on their night shift, at work when the worst tremor struck just after 4 a.m. on Sunday morning. The men were crushed by the relatively new buildings which collapsed during the earthquake, both in Sant Agostino and nearby Bondeno. Investigations are underway, while hundreds of companies as well as schools and public officies remain closed.

Major damage was caused to the centuries old buildings in the area, devasting the local historical heritage. Initial damage was worsened by a further quake at 3 pm, while tremors continue.

 

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rubble in front of a collapsed historic building in Finale Emilia

 

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