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Civil Protection chief says 200,000 houses were damaged by earthquakes

"We are giving assistance to 22,000 displaced people. More than 6,000 have moved to hotels on the coast"

Civil Protection chief says 200,000 houses were damaged by earthquakes

The chief of the Italian Civil Protection said on Wednesday that around 200,000 buildings were badly damaged by recent earthquakes in central Italy, adding that the institution is assisting more than 20,000 people who remained without a home. Speaking in an interview with Radio Popolare, chief Fabrizio Curcio said that "200,000 buildings were damaged by the shocks", adding that "the procedures employed until now must be reviewed so that they can be more effective in events like this". "We are setting up a mission to separate habitable houses from the damaged ones and then focus on those with problems. We are going to need between 24 and 48 hours to do it", he then said.

"We are giving assistance to 22,000 displaced people. More than 6,000 have moved to hotels on the coast, while others are staying in centres set up in the affected areas by the regional branches of the Civil Protection", Curcio went on. "These figures also include those who could get back to their homes but they are not doing it because they are afraid that more shocks can occur", he pointed out. "We are working at the preparations of areas where we can set up camps of container houses, but we repeat our suggestion to move to the hotels on the coast, even if this means moving a few kilometres far from home", Curcio concluded.

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