Italy: Ten-year-old girl pulled alive from the rubble after 17 hours

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ROME: 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.

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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.

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.

Rescue crews are now facing a race against time to dig out survivors from an earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble.

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