Entire towns razed by Italian earthquake – death toll climbs

The frantic rescue effort continues in central Italy, where 120 people have been killed in an earthquake.

Whole towns have been razed by the 6.2 magnitude quake, with workers sifting through the rubble of buildings for survivors.

More than 360 people have been injured and many buildings are yet to be searched with warnings the death toll is expected to climb.


Two young boys have been rescued in two of the worst hit towns.

One was saved in Pescara del Tronto, another in Amatrice.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi says the country is in deep mourning.

“This toll is not final, it is a pain without limits,” he said.

“We will leave nobody on their own.”

Pope Francis also expressed his grief, saying he was almost lost for words.

“Hearing the mayor of Amatrice saying that the town doesn’t exist any more and knowing that there are children among the victims has moved me deeply,” he said.