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双语新闻:意大利地震已致207人死1500伤

发布者: anro | 发布时间: 2010-3-8 21:08| 查看数: 1244| 评论数: 0|



The death toll in Italy's worst earthquake for almost 30 years rose to 207 today, with 15 other people still missing and hopes fading that any more will be uncovered alive in the rubble.

The new casualty figure was delivered by the country's prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, on his second visit in two days to the severely damaged medieval city of L'Aquila, the capital of the mountainous Abruzzo region, which was close to the epicentre.

"The rescue efforts will continue for another 48 hours from today until it is certain that there is no one else alive," Berlusconi said. Of about 1,500 people injured, some 100 were in serious condition.

A handful of survivors from the 6.3-magnitude quake in the early hours of yesterday morning were found alive in the wreckage today. Overnight, rescue workers freed two students and found one body buried in the remains of a university accommodation complex. Firefighters today said they had located four more students trapped in a dormitory, but did not say whether they were alive or dead.

Chief firefighter Sergio Basti said rescue crews were evacuating the area around the dormitory because they planned to begin "surgically" removing big chunks of the building in order to reach the four students. Several dozen rescue crews are at the scene of the collapsed building.

L'Aquila, which has about 70,000 residents, suffered severe damage to around two-thirds of its buildings, including several architecturally significant churches. Some villages nearby in the central Italian region were all but flattened. In one village, Onna, rescue workers found 39 of the 300inhabitants had been killed.

Thousands of emergency workers, who worked through the night under floodlights, were continuing to dig for survivors, hampered by strong aftershocks, one of which was of a 4.9 magnitude.

While firefighters said about 100 people had been rescued from rubble since the quake, they expect to find few more survivors now.

One big emergency effort is focused on the L'Aquila student building. The connected four-storey blocks were severely damaged in the quake, with one of the structures leaning at a dangerous angle.

A rescue worker was winched into the middle of the building to look for any survivors.

However, with aftershocks continuing, emergency teams were deciding whether to press on with an increasingly risky operation or pull out so the site could be demolished and made safe.

Some other buildings were already being knocked down today.

Much of L'Aquila resembled a ghost town, with only a few locals risking a return – against the advice of safety workers – to try to save some possessions .

Police said they had already arrested several people for allegedly looting.

Up to 70,000 people are currently unable to live in their homes in the region, although this may be only temporary for some. A total of 17,000 people have lost their homes completely, according to officials.

While several thousand hotel rooms have been requisitioned along the Adriatic coast, many people woke up in tents or their cars after a chilly night in which temperatures dipped to about 6C (43F).

"It has been such a hard and long day. Now that we are sitting here in our car, it's all beginning to sink in," Piera Colucci, a L'Aquila resident, told Reuters as she prepared to spend the night in her vehicle.

Berlusconi declared a state of emergency and cancelled a trip to Russia yesterday. Already facing a national economic crisis, Berlusconi has pledged about £27m in immediate aid for the area and promised that a new town will be built near L'Aquila in the next two years.

The earthquake is the worst to hit Italy since 1980, when 2,735 people were killed in a quake close to Salerno, in the south.

The disaster, which also caused widespread damage to nearby Naples, prompted the introduction of new regulations designed to strengthen buildings in the event of an earthquake.

Many of the buildings destroyed in yesterday's tremor appeared to have been built earlier, either in the 1960s and 70s or – in remote villages – during the middle ages.

There were questions yesterday about how so many buildings could have been destroyed.

Gian Michele Calvi, an earthquake expert at the University of Pavia, said Italy was in the habit of forgetting lessons.

"This country is reminded of the risk of earthquakes only when it finds itself under the rubble," he told Corriere della Sera.

"The fact that two of three operating rooms at L'Aquila hospital are no longer usable is something not worthy of a civilised country."













意大利30年来最严重地震造成的死亡人数今天已上升至207,此外仍有15人下落不明,在废墟中寻找更多生还者的希望渺茫.

意大利总理西尔维奥.贝鲁斯科尼在阿布鲁索首府拉奎拉进行的为期两天的巡视后,发布了一份最新的死亡人数报告,拉奎拉位于震中附近地区,受灾严重。

贝鲁斯科尼称:“救援工作将持续48小时直到不能再发现任何生还者。”据称已有1,500人受伤,另外仍有100人伤势严重。

昨天早晨救援人员发现少数居民仍被掩埋在这次6.3级大地震的废墟中,所幸的是他们坚持到了救援人员的到来。昨晚,救援人员救出两名被困学生,并发现一具被掩埋在公寓大楼废墟下的尸体。消防人员称他们已经发现四名被困在宿舍的学生,但还不能确定学生是否存活。

消防队长西尔格.巴斯蒂称将会撤出宿舍附近的消防设施,并将开始“外科手术”式的搜查工作,以便移开大块的建筑物救出被困学生。其他救援人员仍在坍塌的建筑物附近进行救援工作。

拥有70,000居民的拉奎拉2/3的建筑物遭到严重破坏,其中包括一些有着重要意义的教堂。许多位于意大利中部地区的村庄被夷为平地。在一个名叫昂那的小村庄,救援人员发现300名居民已有39名在地震中丧生。

数千名紧急救援人员夜间仍然未停止搜寻被余震废墟掩埋的幸存者,余震仍然强烈甚至达到4.9级。

消防人员声称至今他们已救出大约100名被困居民,并希望能够救出更多幸存者。

一场大的紧急救援行动将在拉奎拉的学生公寓展开。地震中一座连通的四层大楼被严重破坏,其中一部分已经危险的倾斜着。

一名救援人员通过卷扬机进入楼层中部寻找幸存者。

然而,由于余震不断,紧急救援组面临着选择的难题:应该冒着风险继续展开救援行动或是撤出建筑物让其拆除以保安全。

今天一些建筑物已被拆除。

地震过后,大部分居民已撤离拉奎拉,但仍有一些居民不顾救援人员的安全警告,冒险回到拉奎拉以求寻找丢失的财物。

当地警方称他们已逮捕数名非法抢劫者。

官方声称,至今该地区已有70,000人无法居住在原来家中,虽然这种情况可能只是暂时的,此外仍有17,000人完全失去了他们的家。

亚德里亚沿岸的数千家旅馆已被用作暂时住所,寒冷的夜晚,有时气温会下降到6摄氏度,一些居民只能住在帐篷中或他们的汽车里。

“这是一个艰难又漫长的日子。现在我们坐在车里,沉思着发生的一切。”本地居民皮尔拉.库鲁西告诉路透社记者,称她已经准备在车中度过这个夜晚。

昨天贝鲁斯库尼发表了一项紧急声明,同时也取消了去俄国的行程。虽然面临国家经济危机,贝鲁斯库尼仍宣布将拨出两千七百万英镑作为紧急救援资金,同时宣称将在未来两年内在拉奎拉重建一座新城。

意大利历史上最严重的一次地震发生在1980年,当时在南部的萨勒诺有2,735人死于地震。

那场灾难引发了在那不勒斯蔓延的疫病,但也推动了政府制定新的规章加强对建筑物的监管以防地震的发生。

昨天在余震中被毁的楼层大多是上个世纪六、七十年代建在偏远地区的建筑。

地震使一些问题也开始暴露出来,“为什么会有如此多的建筑被损毁呢?”

吉恩.米歇尔.卡维,帕维尔大学的一名地震专家称“意大利总是忘记吸取教训。”

“这个国家如果仍然无法认识到自身问题所在,那么它就依然处在地震的阴影之下。”他告诉克瑞尔.黛拉.萨拉。

“事实上,拉奎拉医院2/3的手术室早已无法使用,这至少不能称作是一个文明国家应有的现象。”

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