Caritas Italy immediately mobilizes
A strong earthquake struck central Italy early on 24 August, causing loss of life and severe destruction to buildings. The magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck around the Rieti region. The worst hit towns were Amatrice and Accumoli, with the epicentre in Norcia.
“The situation is terrible,” said Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole of Ascoli Piceno, who arrived a few minutes after the first quake in the town of Pescara del Tronto. “As dawn broke, I could see the area had been destroyed.”
“We are already working with Caritas to get the right aid to the people,” he said.