Italy Continues Rescue Efforts After Devastating Earthquake

Aerial view of Amatrice in central Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, as it appears after a magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks.
Aerial view of Amatrice in central Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, as it appears after a magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. Gregorio Borgia / AP Photo
Aerial view of Amatrice in central Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, as it appears after a magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks.
Aerial view of Amatrice in central Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, as it appears after a magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. Gregorio Borgia / AP Photo

Italy Continues Rescue Efforts After Devastating Earthquake

The death toll from a magnitude-6.2 earthquake in Italy has now surpassed 240 and is expected to continue to rise. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has promised the Italian government will move swiftly to help rebuild the towns devastated by this week’s earthquake.

He’s said “no family, no community will be left alone,” but it’s a tall order given the way the country has responded to previous quakes, where rebuilding has often been slow and plagued by scandals.

We get an update on rescue efforts and take a look at how the country’s record when it comes to earthquake response with Frances D’Emilio, a correspondent for the Associated Press.