Tue, April 07, 2009
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PM: Italy quake toll climbs to 207

2009-04-07 11:48:09 GMT2009-04-07 19:48:09 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A rescuer walks past a collapsed building in L'aquila, Italy, earth April 7, 2009. The strong earthquake that hit central Italy on Monday has killed at least 179 people, injured some 1,500 and left around 70,000 homeless, Italian media reported on Tuesday.(Xinhua/Wu Wei)

Three people cover themselves with a blanket as they take a rest in L'aquila, Italy, early April 7, 2009. The strong earthquake that hit central Italy on Monday has killed at least 179 people, injured some 1,500 and left around 70,000 homeless, Italian media reported on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)

ROME, April 7 (Xinhua) -- The death toll in Monday's strong earthquake that hit central Italy has risen to 207 with 15 still missing, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Tuesday.

Of the injured, 100 are in serious condition, Berlusconi told a news conference at the epicenter L'Aquila.

Rescue work will continue for another 48 hours, he said.

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