Britain's Prince Charles gestures in front of a memorial for the victims of the earthquake during his visit to the town of Amatrice, which was levelled after an earthquake last year, in central Italy April 2, 2017. REUTERS/Emiliano Grillotti
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Britain's Prince Charles hugged tearful survivors in the quake-hit Italian town of Amatrice Sunday after seeing the "terrifying devastation" inflicted by last year's deadly disaster.Charles, who arrived by helicopter due to quake-damaged roads, placed a garland of yellow and white flowers on a memorial in the park where survivors had slept in the days immediately following the quake.Survivor Carmine Monteforte, 75, who had been waiting for a glimpse of the prince along with a group of locals waving Union Jack flags, said he also got a big hug from Charles.The stop in the beauty spot of Amatrice was not the prince's first to a quake-hit zone. In 2004, Charles traveled to the scene of an earthquake that devastated the ancient Iranian city of Bam, killing over 40,000 people.
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