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Georgia offers help to Italy amid deadly earthquake

By Messenger Staff
Thursday, August 25
Georgia is ready to provide support for Italy as the country has experienced a deadly earthquake, leaving at least 37 dead and many others injured or trapped under rubble.

Many of the dead were in the village of Pescara del Tronto in central Italy, which was levelled to the ground, and there are fears the number could rise, the BBC reported.

The quake took place on August 23.

As dawn broke, stunned locals wandered through rubble in the worst-affected towns of Amatrice and Accumoli, near Perugia, Italy, NBC News said.

Georgia’s Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, offered condolences over the disaster early in the morning, and tasked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to “immediately contact” the relevant bodies in Italy for Georgia to provide a “modest contribution” to the affected nation.

The MFA also released a statement today and expressed its deep sorrow over the fatal incident.

The Ministry said there were no Georgians reported among the dead or injured.

At need, Georgians living in Italy can contact Georgia’s Embassy in Rome through the hotline: +39 333 887 91 23.

The Consulate Department in Georgia’s MFA has also set up a hotline (+995 32) 294 50 50 available during working days from 9am to 7pm, while after 7pm and during the weekends people can phone the Department on (+995) 577 98 40 20 at any time.