The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) has announced the death of a Romanian citizen in the earthquake that affected on Wednesday morning the central region of Italy.
According to MAE, presently, two persons holding Romanian citizenship have been identified among the wounded and are in hospitals for medical care.
Furthermore, nine Romanian citizens that reside in the stricken area have been announced missing by relatives.
The Romanian diplomatic mission in Rome as well as the consulate in Bologna continue to offer assistance and protection for all Romanian citizens affected by the earthquake.
The Romanian mission is in constant contact with the competent Italian authorities and is taking all steps through all channels, including through the two mobile consular teams of the Romanian Embassy in Rome and the Romanian General Consulate in Bologna, which is at the scene and is cooperating with Italian authorities to get information regarding the existence of other Romanians affected by the quake.
The ministry reminds Romanian citizens that the following numbers are available to assist them: the Romanian Embassy in Italy – (0039) 06 835 233 58, (0039) 06 835 233 56, the Romanian General Consulate in Bologna (0039) 0515872120, (0039) 051 5872209. The calls are redirected to the Contact and Support Center for Romanian Citizens Abroad (CCSCRS) and are answered by call center operators around the clock.
The number of persons that have lost their lives in the quake that struck on Wednesday morning in the center of Italy is of at least 73, according to international press agencies quoting Italian civil protection sources.
The 6.2 magnitude quake struck Italy on Wednesday around 3.30 AM and was felt in Rome. The most affected localities are Accumoli, Amatrice, Posta and Arquata del Tronto, which lie between Rome and Perugia.
President Iohannis issues message of solidarity with Italian people after earthquake
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis sent on Wednesday a message of condolence to his Italian Counterpart, Sergio Mattarella, after the strong earthquake that rattled the peninsula.
“We received with deep sorrow the news of the earthquake that affected Central Italy on the night of August 23-24 and the regrettable loss of human lives, the wounded people, the unaccounted for, evacuations and such great damage. Unfortunately, this strong earthquake reminds us of another tragic event in the recent history of Italy – the tremor that shook Aquila in 2009,” the message of the Romanian head of state reads.
Iohannis expressed his solidarity with the Italian people both personally and in the name of the Romanian people, and sent his condolences to the families and friends of the victims. He also wished those injured a fast recovery.