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Monday, April 6, 2009

Abruzzo/NIAF Earthquake Relief Fund


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Early Monday morning, the worst earthquake in the last 30 years struck the Italian peninsula at L'Aquila (The Eagle), which is in the Abruzzo region of Central Italy. This town is about 60 miles, or about 100 km, northeast of Rome.

According to the Corriere della Sera, 207 have perished, 1500 are injured, and over 70,000 are now homeless. Numerous persons are still trapped underneath buildings as rescue crews work around the clock.


Image courtesy of Wikipedia. The area in red is Abruzzo.

The National Italian American Foundation, which is based in Washington, D.C, has created a relief fund to assist the survivors in their time of need.
“NIAF extends its sincerest condolences to the victims and their families suffering from the recent earthquake that struck residents as they slept. This tragic disaster has claimed the lives of innocent people. Words cannot convey the Foundation’s sense of loss for the victims. Our hearts and prayers are with them and the rescue workers, who are frantically trying to save those who remained trapped in the debris,” NIAF President Joseph V. Del Raso, Esq., said. Del Raso’s ancestors trace their roots to the region of Abruzzo.
Source: NIAF.

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