ROME (QHA) -

As of Thursday morning, 247 people perished as a result of a powerful earthquake in central Italy, reports Reuters citing the representatives of the authorities.

According to the Civil Protection Department, 190 people were killed in the province of Rieti and 57 in Ascoli Piceno.

Allegedly, a lot of people may be still alive but blocked under the debris. Rescuers searched the debris all night using heavy machinery and hands.

According to the Ukrainian MFA, the citizens of Ukraine are not among the victims.

Early in the morning of August 24, the earthquake of 6.4 points magnitude hit Italy. The epicenter was about 50 kilometers south-east of Perugia, at a depth of about four kilometers. Tremors were felt in the whole of central Italy, including Rome.

The most damaged towns are Accumoli, Amatrice, Lent and Arquata del Tronto, located in a mountainous region in the province of Rieti and Ascoli Piceno. Many buildings and roads are destroyed there, and people are still under the debris.

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