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In 2016 a severe series of earthquakes tore down a whole region on the Marche-Umbria border. 

Thousand-year-old magnificent villages and small towns were utterly destroyed. This particular and most admired rural Italian scenery completely vanished.

Tens of thousands were evicted from their homes in the disaster  and now live in mobile container homes scattered around these hills, awaiting rehousing .  

Although these historical villages cannot be restored to what they were, huge restoration works are currently taking place.


An earthquake usually hits unexpedly, and if it happens in densely populated areas, damage is indescribable. People lose their homes overnight and are forced to live in shelter-tents, sometimes for many years.

Umbria and Marche in Italy are far too often devastated by earthquakes. The last one that hit on August 24th, 2016 destroyed whole medieval towns there - beautiful towns that will never exist again in their authentic form.

People die in earthquakes and the ones who don't, are in serious need of food, clothing ad shelter immediately. Organizations such as Red Cross, OXFAM, Doctors Without Borders, REACT, Care or WHO are providing a wide range of support immediately after disasters strike.

Here's a list of NGO's you should be aware of:

Please get familiar with these organizations and if you can, donate to them or support their work in any way!
FLO1 yr ago
@Sandy Goldner A complete region hit by an earthquake is truly post-apocalyptic. The overwhelming silence, the abandoned homes, destroyed villages and lifeless towns - I had constant shiver down my spine. It's no exaggeration to say that I had this constant fearful panic in my heart, like in zombie movies, when you just can't believe that everyone's gone..
FLO1 yr ago
@Edyth Boyle I'm terribly sorry to hear this! I hope you could manage to rebuild your home and your lives!
Edyth Boyle1 yr ago
This is the nightmare. The home we had been working hard to build was destroyed like this. It's really terrible.
We humans are really too small in the face of nature. Nature can destroy anyone's life at will. The earthquake like this is really terrible.