Islamic Relief South Africa has deployed its disaster response team to assist with recovery operations in central Italy, after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the region at 3.36am local time on Wednesday August 24. According to CNN and AP, at least 290 people died and 2 500 people are displaced in camps. Islamic Relief’s Italy office, based in Milan, reported that one of the worst hit areas is in the town of Amatrice, which was left in ruins. Acting country director, Rachid Jamal, said that Islamic Relief has donated food, hygiene kits, water, disposable nappies and milk, and requests prayers and support as they try to assist as many people as they can.
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