Transcript for Race For Survivors in Italy as Quake Death Toll Climbs to 247
Italy where the search is intensifying for survivors of yesterday's earthquake the death told from the 642 magnitude quake rose to 247. Overnight. Three quarters of the dead discovered in and around two of the three affected towns. A firefighter spokesperson says crews are still hopeful they'll find people alive this is a live picture of Hammond. And it's reaching there then you can see that small historic town hard hit there. ABC's Jennifer Nicholson is following the developments and he joins us now from London good morning Jennifer. Good morning Kennison Diane Italy's leader warned his citizens that the death told would increase due to the large number of missing people. But this is still a rescue operation and it's being described as a herculean effort. Those teams digging throughout the night many of them on the job over 24 hours. With bulldozers and bare hands rescuers working feverishly. As the death toll rises this morning. There are amazing stories of survival yeah. A ten year old girl pulled from the rubble seventeen hours after the quake hit. Shell shocked and covered in dust but alive. This man speaking to an eighty year old woman pinned under a collapsed building in. He tells her stay calm that woman eventually saved and brought to a hospital to recover. ABC's Terry Moran is in -- TJ one of the hardest hit areas. Just a few minutes ago one of the dog seems to have alerted on the struggle. Typical listening device in there are hoping against hope. This drone video over the town showing the devastation. Churches homes and shops leveled by the tremor. The before and after pictures of main street a grim testament to the destruction. New video this morning showing the moment that powerful earthquake hit this traffic camera at a tollbooth shaking violently. The six points you magnitude quake unleashing more than 200 aftershocks already felt all the way to Rome 65 my. We'll rescue operations are underway in several mountaintop villages across three Italian provinces. In some of those towns for the survivors there are now homeless spending last night outside under donated blankets or in makeshift camping areas. And to make matters worse facing strong aftershocks. Kennison Diane. I really does make things worse and Jennifer of the US mission to Italy -- issued a statement American citizens to stay away. From that region understandably but what are we learning about any American casualties. As for Americans caught up in the disaster the State Department says they are unaware of any gaps. But they instruct all US citizens to check in not only with their families but also make immediate contact with the American Embassy and that's a good thing to do whenever you travel overseas. Tennis Nan and that's Jennifer act we'll send their first live in London. Great to hear at least some survivor stories coming out of all this hoping to hear many more of those Jennifer thank.
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