Italy quake death toll hits 284 on day of mass funeral

August 27, 2016 7:13 AM

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Italy quake death toll hits 284 on day of mass funeral

The number of people killed in an earthquake that has wrecked parts of central Italy rose to 284 on Saturday, as the country started a day of mourning and prepared for a mass funeral for some of the victims.

A further two bodies were found overnight in the worst-hit town, Amatrice, which was flattened by Wednesday’s powerful quake causing the deaths of at least 224 residents and tourists.

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