Saturday, September 26, 1998 Published at 14:25 GMT 15:25 UK
Life amid the rubble of Umbria
Restoration work progresses slowly in the famous basilica of St. Francis in Assisi
A year after a double earthquake shook central Italy, causing immense damage to life, property and art, there is growing criticism about the slow pace of reconstruction.
Thirteen people were killed and hundreds of villages and towns were badly damaged in the regions of Umbria and Marche, a year ago, on Saturday.
BBC correspondent Frances Kennedy says unsafe buildings are still cordoned-off and signs of construction activity are rare.
Bureacracy and lack of funds
Requests for government funding have still not been processed, and until they know the money is coming, many people are reluctant to undertake expensive building work.
'The anger is growing'
About 20,000 people in Umbria and Marche are still homeless.
"For us, after a year, we don't know positively when we can return," said one quake victim.
"The anger is growing," she said.
Trailer cities have sprung up, with trailer laundries, trailer barbershops and trailer flower stores.
Many people have seen their livelihood destroyed.
The economy revolves around agriculture, small industry, and most importantly, tourism.
But this has come to a virtual standstill because of the risk of more seismic activity and the closure of many museums.
Slow pace of restoration
The most high-profile operation, the restoration of the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi and attempts to piece together frescoes by Giotto and Cimabue, is progressing slowly but to schedule.
However, art experts are concerned that numerous valuable but lesser works may never be repaired because they will run out of time, energy and money.
Experts estimate that reconstruction will cost more than $2bn and take until the year 2015.