RESCUERS IN NORTHERN Italy are continuing to search for survivors after a powerful earthquake killed at least 16 people.
Around 350 people were injured and at least one person is still missing after the 5.8 quake hit the Emilia Romagna region yesterday morning, just over one week after a quake in the same area killed seven people.
The Italian government says at least 14,000 people have been made homeless as a result of the two earthquakes.
Tuesday’s earthquake caused the collapse of homes, factories, warehouses and churches across the Emilia Romagna region, which is famous for producing some of Italy’s best food.
Italian prime minister Mario Monti has said that the government will do whatever is necessary to rebuild the region which is seen as crucial to the country’s economy.
The Italian Cabinet met early this morning to discuss how to direct money and resources to the area to speed up reconstruction.