Thousands of people displaced by two earthquakes in Italy

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A rescue worker walks past a collapsed building

Thousands of people in Italy have been displaced by two earthquakes that struck the northern part of the country on 20 and 29 May.

According to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), 17 people have been confirmed dead and 350 others injured.

IFRC spokesperson, Jessica Sallabank says that many of the injured had cuts, fractures and trauma wounds.

"Many victims of the earthquake like the previous one nine days ago, were workers in local factories and warehouses. The search and rescue phase has now been declared over and there are no more missing people. Fourteen-thousand people were displaced from their homes following Tuesday’s earthquake and that brings the total to approximately 15,000 people now displaced as a result of both these earthquakes. This figure does not take into account people who have voluntarily chosen to leave their homes through fear of aftershocks or other circumstances."

Duration:  28″

Jessica Sallabank says the Italian authorities are currently in the process of verifying the stability of the affected buildings and the extent of the damage.

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