- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 7, 2009

L’AQUILA, Italy (AP) — Premier Silvio Berlusconi says that 207 people died in the powerful quake that devastated part of central Italy, and 15 people remain missing.

Berlusconi said Tuesday that at least 100 of the roughly 1,000 injured people are in serious condition. He says 190 of the victims have been identified.

Berlusconi told a press conference after surveying the damage by helicopter that rescue efforts would continue for another 48 hours and trapped people had diminishing chances of survival.

The magnitide-6.3 quake struck the central Italian city of L’Aquila and surrounding villages early Monday, leveling buildings and reducing entire blocks to a pile of rubble and dust.

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