Historical towns before and after Italy's earthquake
Updated: 2016-08-26 13:22
File photo shows view of the historical city centre seen from the observation platform in downtown Perugia, Italy, December 3, 2009. [Photo/Agencies]
At least 250 people died, and thousands were displaced in Italy, after a major earthquake that struck the central Lazio and Marche regions on early Wednesday, the authorities confirmed on Thursday.
The hardest hit places were the towns of Amatrice and Accumoli in Rieti province, and the villages of Arquata del Tronto and Peschiera del Tronto in Marche region.
Of the total 250 victims confirmed so far, some 193 were in Amatrice, 11 in Accumoli, and 46 in Arquata del Tronto, the civil protection department said.
The number of people injured and hospitalized rose to 365, it added.