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In pictures: Life amid the rubble

A woman holds her child in a tent camp of L'Aquila

Thousands of Italian families faced another day under canvas in L'Aquila after the earthquake which levelled their homes in the central Abruzzo region on Monday.

Two men hug each other as people line up for breakfast

Two days after the disaster, thousands of people remained in the makeshift shelters.

An earthquake survivor who has slept in a car, 8 April

Some had preferred to pass the chilly night sleeping in their cars.

A family try to recover belongings from their house

Officials estimate that 50,000 people were left homeless by the earthquake though some have now moved in with relatives and friends.

A Spanish rescuer takes away a bed side with a rosary attached to it

Amid the rubble poignant reminders appeared of the people whose homes and lives were shattered by the quake.

A Spanish rescue worker and his dog search rubble in L'Aquila, 8 April

Rescue workers with sniffer dogs continued the search for survivors.

Cars are covered with debris in L'Aquila

Some 150 people have been rescued so far but hopes are fading for those still trapped.

A firefighter leads a cow in the village of Onna

Aftershocks caused another death and made the rescue work harder but firefighters were determined to save everyone - and everything - they could find.

Firefighter Roberto Contu hangs from a line to inspect the damage inside the damaged dome of the church of Santa Maria del Suffragio in L'Aquila

L'Aquila, a 13th-Century city of 70,000, will be uninhabitable for some time. Its architectural riches were hit hard.



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