Australia's ambassador to Italy, Mr. John Ryan, spent Wednesday (12 May) inspecting the earthquake devastated?
GV Australian Ambassador John Ryan arrives at earthquake relief centre
SV PAN Ambassador talking to officials (2 shots)
SV Ambassador leaves building
GV PAN Ambassador inspecting damaged area (2 shots)
SV Ambassador talking with women (3 shots)
GV Ambassador looking at damage (2 shots)
GV St. Mark's Square in Venice
GV People collecting goods for homeless
SV PAN Youths sorting through donations TILT UP TO Man with loudspeaker
SV PAN Young people sorting out goods (3 shots)
GV Upended mattress
SV & GV People around collection centre (2 shots)
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Background: Australia's ambassador to Italy, Mr. John Ryan, spent Wednesday (12 May) inspecting the earthquake devastated village of San Daniele in northeast Italy.
Since the war tens of thousands of Italians have emigrated to Australia - many of them from the area hit by last week's tragic earthquake and many of them still in doubt as to the fate of friends and relatives left behind.
Mr. Ryan spent the day inspecting the ruined homes and historic buildings and talking to the villagers.
The Italian communities in Australia have already organised financial and other aid for those left homeless and when Mr. Ryan reports back to his government it can be decided where best to channel the aid.
In San Daniele one old woman who had lived in Australia showed great excitement at seeing Mr. Ryan and told him about the problems she and her friends were experiencing.
Meanwhile, in Venice, groups of young people - many of them from the Young Communist movement - were busy organising a collection centre for donations to aid the earthquake victims. As people gave donations of food and clothing the group worked around the clock sorting and packing, then loading the boxes on trucks for shipment to the villages of northeast Italy.