Friday, April 10, 2009

Mass funeral in Italy

Thousands of people have attended a state funeral for 205 people who died in the Abruzzo earthquake, as Italy held a day of mourning.
Victims' families and top politicians were among mourners at the funeral near the damaged city of L'Aquila. Correspondents say the funeral was an incredibly sad. Dozens of coffins bedecked with flowers lay in four rows at the funeral site. Small white caskets containing children's bodies lay on top of their parents'. Pope Benedict XVI urged quake survivors to be courageous and hopeful.
The government has extended the search for people who could still be alive under the rubble until Sunday. But rescue workers believe the chances of finding anyone alive after Monday's 6.3 magnitude earthquake are remote and so will focus on recovering bodies and assessing the damage.


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