The earthquake that struck Italy on Wednesday, August 24th has claimed more than 268 lives and left hundreds of men, women and children injured. Families are still searching for relatives who remain buried under the rubble and hundreds of aftershocks continue to impact the affected area, hindering the efforts of more than 5,000 rescue workers. ActionAid is currently on the ground meeting immediate needs and facilitating the process of long term recovery, and support in the wake of this disaster.
As death and injury tolls continue to rise, now is the most critical time to respond. With your help we can reach more people and support long-term recovery and reconstruction. Further chaos and confusion are imminent amid the hundreds of people still unaccounted for, and continued aftershocks are affecting the impacted area and hampering emergency response efforts.
Aside from immediate support, ActionAid is planning a long-term response that includes mapping of safe public buildings and spaces, connecting with women's groups and local partners to establish the need for psycho-social support centers to combat trauma, and monitoring public spending in solidarity with the affected communities.
Your support today will help to meet the immediate needs of those affected in the aftermath of this disaster and will also help provide long term recovery and reconstruction in the region. As with all of our emergency responses, ActionAid prioritizes the most marginalized people such as women, children, and people with disabilities. Your support will ensure that the people of Italy know that the world stands in solidarity with them.