Transcript for Pope Expresses 'Heartfelt Sorrow' For Italy Quake Victims
And many people are still missing in the aftermath of that major earthquake overnight in central Italy. It hit the region in the middle of the night and now that it's almost mid day over there officials say they can see the situation. Is even more dreadful than they'd fare. Jennifer Nicholson has more from our London bureau honest good morning Jennifer. Hi there again while that magnitude six point two earthquake has killed at least 21 people now. It struck villages in the central Italian province of laundry on the middle of the night. The epicenter was about 100 miles from Rome and the cause it was so shallow only six miles deep. It was felt over an extensive area the greatest damage was near and a TJ a beautiful mountain village where many structures are now in ruins. As daylight broke we saw the true extent of that damaged buildings collapsed bridges destroyed and some roads now inaccessible. Rescue workers and residents are removing debris from crumbled buildings brick by brick. We do know however that a young child has been rescued and as you mentioned earlier the region has suffered. Its last major earthquake in 2000 in nine. Over 3000 where people were killed then. And since then we've seen a lot of money plunge into infrastructure development so it might be easier to rescue people. From those remote villages as a result and also just a few minutes ago Pope Francis spoke during his audience his weekly audiences. He said prayers to the victims and also prayers to those who were helping to rescue them.
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