Italian authorities are having difficulty convincing survivors of the earthquake which struck the south of the country in November (23 November) to move out of the devastated zone around Potenza.
Potenza: GVs Snow covered debris, including CU burst water pipe. (2 SHOTS)
Potenza: GVs Child and old woman receiving medical attention. (2 SHOTS)
Pesco Sannita: GV excavation work with workmen looking on.
Pesco Sannita: GVs Red Cross relief camp showing tents and survivors walking around. (3 SHOTS)
Pompeli: GV Ancient ruins showing quake damaged column.
Pompeli: GV Further damage of ancient ruins caused by earthquake. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Italian authorities are having difficulty convincing survivors of the earthquake which struck the south of the country in November (23 November) to move out of the devastated zone around Potenza. Government officials said on Wednesday (3 December) that reluctance by some people to move to free accommodation on the coast was holding up plans to disinfect rubble to check the spread of disease. The ancient city of Pompeli suffered damage in the earthquake, but in the meantime authorities are faced with new incidents of looting involving the Mafia.
SYNOPSIS: Ten days after the earthquake struck, survivors at potenza, the epicentre, are facing a new threat. Officials on Wednesday appealed to villagers to leave their mountain homes so plans to disinfect the rubble of shattered homes could go ahead.
Government Relief Commissioner Giuseppe Zamberletti said posters would be put up urging the immediate departure of the young and old. But, most villagers are reluctant to leave.
Over 100 kilometres (60 miles) north west of Potenza workmen have begun the task of making village of Pesco Sannita safe to live in. Bad weather continues to make life for the survivors difficult. Accommodation is still the number one problem, although many of the hundreds of thousands made homeless by the disaster prefer to stay in makeshift tents rather than move to the coast to take advantage of free accommodation in holiday homes.
The ancient city of Pompeli did not escape the fury of the earthquake. Columns which withstood the test of centuries were sent crashing to the ground during Italy's worst natural disaster in 60 years. It's not difficult to draw historical parallels between the destruction which befell Pompeli, following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., and the most recent natural disaster. The official death toll still stands at around three thousand, with over 15 hundred missing and nearly seven and a half thousand injured. On top widespread criticism of the government's handling of the relief operation, authorities are having to deal with incidents of looting. Naples police are said to be investigating reports that the local Mafia is organising street urchins into looting gangs.