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Newsline: Chinese embassy officials visit students in quake-hit Italy

Officials from the Chinese Embassy in Italy have visited Chinese students living in areas near to those hit by the latest earthquake, after hearing about the problems they face as a result of the disaster. The officials took supplies to a school in central Italy’s Sarnano. Sarnano is only some 50 kilometers away from Pescara, one of the areas hardest-hit by the earthquake. Counselor Luo Ping from the education department of the Chinese Embassy reminded the students of the safety instructions about earthquakes. Luo said no Chinese student casualties had been reported to the embassy so far. Official sources said that a civil rescue team from east China’s Zhejiang Province had arrived in Italy and had joined in the rescue work. The Italian civil protection agency has confirmed that the death toll has risen to 267 as a result of the 6.2-magnitude earthquake, which hit the city of Rieti on Wednesday.



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