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Friday, 1 November, 2002, 06:36 GMT
In pictures: Italy school tragedy
Halloween celebrations at an Italian village school ended in tragedy when a powerful earthquake brought down the roof on pupils and teachers inside.

Rescue workers in the debris of the school in San Giuliano di Puglia
Rescuers used cranes, blow torches and their bare hands to claw at the rubble.

A rescued girl
Initially there was heartening news as some of the children were pulled out alive.

Relatives of trapped children
The tension in the once-sleepy village was palpable as parents waited for news.

Rescue effort
But nightfall brought no respite as frantic rescue efforts continued amid the huge heap of debris.

Villagers try to sleep in chairs by their car
The constant fear of new tremors led many people to spend the night in the open.

Child's body is recovered
In the early hours of Friday, the death toll began to rise again sharply.

Couple overcome by grief
Parents broke down as their worst fears were realised.

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