In the early hours of Wednesday morning, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Amatrice area, in Italy. With large parts of the hilltop towns in the area completely destroyed and covered in rubble, Italian Red Cross volunteers are out in force with search and rescue teams searching for survivors. 

Red Cross volunteers have also been providing both first aid and emotional support to survivors, who have so far experienced more than 80 aftershocks. Mobile kitchens are being set up for people who have lost their homes.

Italian Red Cross spokesman Tommaso Della Longa said: “People are in shock, they have seen their houses collapse around them and they have lost everything. Our volunteers are with survivors now and trying to help them come to terms with this disaster.

"Huge parts of the towns hit have been completely wrecked - houses, schools, churches, are all damaged or destroyed.

"Every minute of the search for survivors is critical - our rescuers are in the rubble and are getting people out of there as soon as they can."

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