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Italy Holds Day Of Mourning For Earthquake Victims

A collapsed building following the earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy.

Italy is holding a day of mourning for the almost 300 victims of a powerful earthquake.

The 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck early on August 24 has killed at least 281 people and wounded 388, according to the latest official toll.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on August 27 will attend state funerals for victims from Arquata del Tronto, one of the worst-hit towns.

The earthquake struck northeast of Rome, causing extensive damage to the towns of Accumoli, Amatrice, Posta, and Arquata del Tronto.

Although no survivors have been found since the evening of August 24, thousands of rescuers are continuing efforts to find people under the rubble of flattened towns.

A series of aftershocks have hampered the efforts of the 5,000 rescuers, which include police, firefighters, army troops, and volunteers.

Many people are still believed to be buried under rubble, and many of the missing are foreigners and vacationers visiting the historic region.

In 2009, a 5.9 magnitude quake killed 309 people in L’Aquila.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP