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Child was hauled to safety by rescuers who shouted ‘she’s alive’ as they carried her from the ruins
Rescue happened in the devastated town of Pescara del Tronto after girl had been trapped for 17 hours
The 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Norcia in Umbria, central Italy, at around 3.30am local time
247 dead including 8-month-old baby, his brother, nine, and their parents, who were buried in their sleep
The hardest-hit towns were reported as Amatrice and Accumoli – some areas are completely cut off
In the town of Pescara del Tronto, the bodies of the dead were laid out in a children’s play park
Five bodies have also been pulled from a hotel in Amatrice where 70 people had been staying
This is the dramatic moment a ten-year-old girl was pulled from the rubble after spending 17 hours trapped upside down in debris from the Italian earthquake.
The child was hauled to safety by rescuers who shouted ‘she’s alive’ as they carried her from the ruins of a building in the devastated central Italian town of Pescara del Tronto.
Footage shows just the dust-covered legs of the youngster as emergency crews tried desperately to free her from the rubble.
One rescuer could be heard saying: ‘You can hear something under here. Quiet, quiet.’
He then urged the child to wriggle free, saying: ‘Come on, Giulia, come on, Giulia. … Watch your head.’ Cheers broke out when she was pulled out.
It was a brief moment of joy on a day in which at least 247 people were killed in the region following a 6.2-magnitude quake at 3.30am yesterday.
She had spent about 17 hours wedged in a collapsed building in what was once a picturesque hamlet. Incredibly, she did not appear to have suffered serious injuries.
Danilo Dionisi, a firefighter from Ascoli Piceno said after the child’s rescue: ‘The ten year old girl was just pulled out now from the rubble and she is being taken to the hospital and that is good news. As far as the rest is concerned, the images speak for themselves, you can see what the town looks like.’
The frantic search for survivors of the Italian earthquake was continuing tonight as witnesses likened the hellish scenes to ‘Dante’s inferno’ – and shocking pictures showed how four towns were almost wiped off the map.
But as rescue efforts continue today, the chance of finding people alive more than 24 hours later will be dramatically reduced.
‘Unfortunately, 90 per cent we pull out are dead, but some make it, that’s why we are here,’ said Christian Bianchetti, a volunteer from Rieti who was working in devastated Amatrice, where flood lights were set up so the rescue could continue through the night.
Rescue crews are now facing a race against time to dig out survivors from an earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble.
Premier Matteo Renzi visited Pescara del Tronto, where the ten-year-old was saved, greeting rescue teams and survivors and pledging that ‘no family, no city, no hamlet will be left behind’.
It was among the worst affected regions, as well as Amatrice and Accumoli near Rieti, some 60 miles north east of Rome. Italy’s civil protection agency set up tent cities around each hamlet to accommodate the thousands of homeless.
Italy’s health minister, Beatrice Lorenzin, visiting the devastated area, said many of the victims were children. The quake zone is a popular spot for Romans with second homes and the population swells in August when most Italians take their summer holiday before school resumes.
Last night, it emerged that five bodies had been pulled from a hotel in Amatrice where 70 people had been staying. Officials said rescuers had been forced to suspend their search at the site because it was too dark and dangerous to continue. One of the people killed in the rubble of the hotel was an 11-year-old boy who had initially shown signs of life.
Rescuers spoke of hearing children’s screams from the rubble and locals were spotted frantically digging with their bare hands to try and save loved ones.
One man, Guido Bordo, 69, lost his sister and her husband after they were trapped inside their holiday house in the hamlet of Illica, north of hard-hit Amatrice. Before their deaths were confirmed, he had described how he could only hear the sound of cats as he scrambled to find his loved-ones beneath the rubble.
The first victim to be named by local media reports was Marisol Piermarini – an 18-month-old baby who was sleeping in her crib when the house she was staying in Arquata del Tronto collapsed. Mother Martina and father Massimiliano have been taken to hospital with ‘many wounds’ after being pulled from the rubble.
Tragically, the family had moved to the area from L’Aquila after their home there was destroyed in another earthquake in 2009.
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