An earthquake measuring at 6.2 on the Richter scale hit the Italian cities of Accumoli, Amartice and Pescara del Tronto. Dozens are believed to trapped beneath the fallen houses, and according to official reports, the death toll has risen to 247. As of now, there are over 4,000 emergency rescuers using heavy equipment to move the rubble to find survivors, many of whom are believed to be women children and tourists who flock to these three mountainous cities in Italy, well known for their scenic beauty amongst travelers. While rescue efforts are still underway, the Italian-Canadian community in Toronto has mobilized to help out with the deadly earthquake.
Bob Sacoo, the president of the National Federation of Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association has organized the effort and is looking at more options of providing help to the victims of the earthquake. The Italian-Canadian community from across Canada have shown their interest in being involved in the fundraising efforts and might also go to the affected areas if needed to provide assistance. This is the second time that the Italian-Canadian community has stepped up to the plate in providing relieve efforts to their family back home. The last time the Abruzzo Earthquake Relief Fund was able to raise more than $2 million, and also established a new medical facility in the University of L’Aquila at Abruzzo. This time around the destruction in all three Italian towns has been devastating.
According to Sacoo, the organization is going to follow a similar plan of engagement as they did previously in order to raise money for the towns that have been affected by the recent earthquake. He also mentioned the importance of helping those Italian towns get back on their feet since they go back thousands of years and have important and historic churches and other objet d’art that’s important to Italian culture and their heritage. But, he maintains that rebuilding the cities again is going to be the most challenging once rescue efforts have been completed.