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    Italy Grateful to Russian Emergencies Ministry for Assistance After Earthquake

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    Italian authorities thanked the Russian Emergencies Ministry for assistance in rectification of the consequences of the recent deadly earthquake.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On August 24, a 6.0-magnitude quake shook central Italy, causing damage across numerous towns and resulting in the deaths of over 290 people. The earthquake was followed by multiple aftershocks.

    "Italian authorities are grateful to the Russian rescuers who sent a group of experts in assessment of safety of buildings and constructions for valuable assistance. The experts have carried out all the tasks at the highest professional level in the city of Amatrice most affected by the earthquake," Fabricio Kurcho, the head of the Department of Civil Protection at the ministerial Council, said as quoted by the Russian Emergencies Ministry.

    According to the ministry, Kurcho sent a grateful letter to Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov stating that all technical recommendations by the Russian experts would be used by relevant bodies for further implementation.

    Earlier in September, a team of Russian rescuers with necessary equipment arrived in Italy to assist in clearing the debris after the powerful earthquake.


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