Italy: An 8-year-old girl saves her younger sister from the rubble, but couldn’t survive the deadly earthquake

8-year-old girl dies saving younger sister in Italy earthquake

Just before giving up her own life, an 8-year-old girl named Guilia Renaldo became a hero in Italy by saving her 4-year-old sister during the earthquake that hit the country.

The horrible natural disaster that killed more than 247 people and washed away 4 entire villages has left many teary eyes. But the rescue workers are still hoping to find people alive under the rubble.

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On Wednesday, in the small village of Pescara del Tronto, a young girl was found alive because her elder sister had covered her from the rubble, by moving on top of her. Their grandmother Mrs. Angele Cafini explained that the little girls came from Rome with their parents to meet her. As she herself was in another home owned by her mother, she managed to escape the devastating earthquake.

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But she was restless and wanted to find out what had happened to her grand daughters. She mentioned that her daughter and son-in-law were in a hospital named Ascoli Pinceino, due to some crush injuries. They were all waiting desperately to know if the girls were alive or not.

Mrs. Cafini was sobbing and mentioned: “Giulia died saving her sister. She lay on top of her. That is the only reason she is alive. I am told she has no injuries and that is the only explanation for that.” She said that they were surprised at how one of her grand daughters was safe and did not bear any injury. It sure is a miracle.

Red Cross response to the earthquake in Italy continued through the night with another 426 volunteers, 109 vehicles and two field kitchens sent to the most affected areas. Search and rescue teams from the Italian Red Cross are on the ground following a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in the early hours of yesterday morning. The towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto village in central Italy are the worst affected areas. The Red Cross has also sent 20 ambulances to the affected areas, while local volunteers are on the ground providing support for survivors. Mobile kitchens are also being set up for people who have been forced to leave their homes. Photo courtesy: @crocerossa #ItalyEarthquake #RedCross #emergency #disaster #response #IFRC #Italy #earthquake #amatrice

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At the same time, Mrs. Cafini felt sad for losing Giulia. She told: “They were found together hours after the earthquake hit us. They were together. One was alive and the other was dead. Georgia had used her body to protect her little sister because she was not harmed at all. She has no injuries. It is a miracle that she is alive, but I am torn. I have lost one granddaughter and one has lived.”

It’s not just Mrs. Cafini who has lost her loved ones, but there are many other families that have suffered a lot due to this 6.2 magnitude earthquake. Another family that was visiting Italy from Rome, shared their story. Vittorio and Edde were not injured in the natural disaster but had lost everything they ever owned.

They mentioned: “All we have are the clothes that we have on now. We were lucky. Our house was not badly damaged and we stayed inside an hour before the firemen came and got a ladder to get us down from the balcony. We want to go back to Rome but are worried about our possessions in the house.”

According to the rescue workers, who have been using their hands to remove the rubble so that they can find as many people alive as possible, are still hopeful. One of them said that in an earthquake during 2009, a person was found alive after 72 hours, therefore, they are still searching. It has been reported that more than 4,300 people were affected by this natural mishap.

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The areas hit by the earthquake are Amatrice, Arquata del Tronto, Pescara del Tronto and Accumoli. A volunteer who is working as a rescue worker from Rieti revealed that: “Unfortunately, 90 percent we pull out are dead, but some make it, that’s why we are here.” Many experts are blaming the construction standards in the country because these building were made without following anti-seismic standards.