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Italy Quake: Rescuers Still Locating Bodies

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Rescuers believe they have located more bodies in the ruined town of Amatrice, five days after a devastating earthquake in central Italy killed at least 290 people.

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Residents of the hill town estimated that more than 10 people were still unaccounted for, with emergency services saying they had located three corpses in Amatrice's Hotel Roma, which was wrecked by Wednesday's quake.

Deputy Mayor Gianluca Carloni said his uncle's body had not been retrieved yet from the hotel, which was particularly busy at this time of year because of a food festival.

"It is absolutely vital to finish as soon as possible this initial [search] phase to make sure that there are no more bodies under the rubble," he said.

In the early hours of August 24, a powerful earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale hit Italy, and almost flattened scores of towns and villages in the central parts.

The quake was followed by a series of aftershocks, the strongest of which measured 4.2, rattling the already hit areas.

Museums across Italy donated proceeds from Sunday's ticket sales to help reconstruction efforts and soccer teams held a minute's silence before their weekend matches in tribute to the quake victims.

The 2,000-population town of Amatrice is now in ruins with only a few buildings left standing.

In 2009, Aquila in central Italy was jolted by a 6.3-magnitude quake. Over 300 people died in the natural disaster.

Two other tremors also jolted the northern region of Emilia Romagna in May 2012, leaving nearly two dozen people dead and some 14,000 others homeless.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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