At least 38 people are now believed to have been killed, with more still trapped among the rubble, following an earthquake, in central Italy.
At least 38 people have died in a powerful earthquake that hit central Italy early on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the civil protection department said.
The quake struck towns and villages in the mountainous heart of the country, which was making the rescue operation more difficult, said spokeswoman Immacolata Postiglione.
Speaking to journalists, Postiglione said 27 people had died between the towns of Accumoli and Amatrice, and a further 10 had died in the nearby Arquata area. Later in her press conference she upped the death toll to 38, without giving further details.
It is a significant rise in the death toll, previously quoted at 21 people, and expected to likely rise again, as rescue efforts continue in the affected towns.