Italian earthquake death toll rises to 278
Published 26/08/2016 | 05:26
The death toll in central Italy's devastating earthquake has risen to 278, authorities said.
Civil protection officials gave the updated toll at a briefing on Friday afternoon, adding that 238 other people caught up in the quake were rescued.
The death toll in the Arquata area of the earthquake zone has stabilised, with 49 dead coming from the region.
Firefighting official Bruno Frattasi said there are no more people there unaccounted for, and efforts were now focusing on making sure all the dead were returned to their loved ones.
The situation remains more uncertain in the Amatrice area, where the vast majority of the earthquake victims have come from.
The mayor estimates at least 15 more people remain unaccounted for there.
Romania said at least 21 of its citizens are still missing in the earthquake zone.