Italian national and local authorities were criticised on Sunday (9 May) over their earthquake relief efforts.
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Background: Italian national and local authorities were criticised on Sunday (9 May) over their earthquake relief efforts.
As the death toll form Thursday's (6 May) disaster passed the fifteen hundred mark, many survivors claimed aid was being ??? up by poor coordination at the top.
One group of homeless people in Gemona, the worst-hit area, watched as officials removed their tents, their only shelter. They were told that the tents were not meant for them.
Officials estimated that between 50,000 and 100,000 people were left homeless by the quake and relief workers said they still needed blankets, canned food, clothes and medical supplies.
Aid is pouring into disaster areas form Italy itself and from abroad. A column of relief vehicles left Rome on Sunday for Gemona with food, tents and medical supplies.
A U.S. military spokesman said a "reconstruction convoy" was no its way with 90- military personnel, 18 heavy lorries, a bulldozer and an ambulance.
Canadian forces in West Germany sent relief material and medical supplies.
Local officials admitted that coordination of the aid was not perfect and appealed to well-meaning amateurs to stay away.
The first quake, on Thursday, registered 6.5 on the open-ended Richter scale and was felt over a 125-mile (200 kilometre) area.
It was Italy's worst in 50 years and officials have expressed concern over the possibility of cholera in stricken area.
Several devastated towns have been sprayed with disinfectants to prevent outbreaks of an epidemic.