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Death tolls rises to 281 as recues continues in Italy

Posted at 6:39 PM, Aug 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-26 19:02:13-04
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) -- Italian authorities say the death toll in central Italy's devastating earthquake has risen to 281.
 
Civil protection officials gave the updated toll late Friday, raising it from 278 after three more bodies were found in Amatrice, the town most badly affected by the violent temblor that hit central Italy this week.
 
Officials said 221 people were killed in Amatrice, 11 in Accumoli and 49 in Arquata del Tronto.
 
The situation remains more uncertain in the Amatrice area, where the vast majority of earthquake dead had lived.
 
The mayor estimates at least 15 more people remain unaccounted for there.
 
Romania says at least 21 of its citizens are still missing in the earthquake zone.