Amid Mourning, Workers Respond to Italy Earthquake

Catholic Relief Services mourns the death of hundreds of earthquake victims in L’Aquila, Italy, and stands in solidarity with our sister organization Caritas Italiana as they respond to the deadly 6.3 magnitude quake which struck L’Aquila at 3:30 a.m. on April 6.

As of this morning, 250 people are confirmed dead, over 1,000 injured and over 17,000 have been left homeless. Search and rescue efforts are still underway. The local Caritas office in L’Aquila and the bishop’s house were destroyed in the quake, in addition to 30 of the 120 parishes in the affected area

Caritas Italiana has set up a response center in Pettino, a town near L’Aquila, to coordinate relief efforts and collect and redistribute food, blankets, hygiene items and clothes. In addition, eight tent camps have been erected around the earthquake zone where the displaced are receiving moral and psychological support from both psychologists and Caritas volunteers.

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