Pope Francis talks as he leads the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Pope Francis said Sunday he wanted to visit some of the Italian villages devastated by this week's earthquake, as survivors and rescue workers dug in for the long haul with colder weather approaching.The Italian government has freed up around 60 million euros ($67 million) in immediate aid, added to which will be approximately 10 million euros in donations.According to Italian media, the government is poised to appoint a special commissioner to oversee the huge reconstruction operation, which is being hampered by aftershocks -- more than 1,800 since the earthquake struck on Wednesday.With the immediate grief fading, the focus was switching to how such damage could have been wrought in an area so close (50 kilometers/32 miles) to L'Aquila, which was hit by a 2009 earthquake in which more than 300 people perished.Another survivor, Atemio Scienzo, warned that endemic corruption in Italy could stymie reconstruction efforts.
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