Hundreds of Aftershocks Rattle Italy

Italy declares a state of emergency, as hundreds of aftershocks shake an already devastated region.

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At least 267 people have been declared dead in the wake of the 6.

2-magnitude earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday, Aug.

24 — and as rescue teams search through the rubble for survivors, their efforts are being hampered by hundreds of strong aftershocks.

NBC News reports that more than 900 have followed the initial jolt.

On Friday, one aftershock damaged a bridge leading into Amatrice, one of the hardest-hit, if not the hardest-hit, areas.

Mayor Sergio Pirozzi told NBC News that his town was "completely cut off.

" As first responders work tirelessly to find life amid the destruction, and others provide aid for survivors, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pledged £42 million, or about $56 million, to fund rebuilding efforts.

Saturday has been declared a national day of mourning.

Flags around the country are set to fly at half-staff.

For NewsBeat Social, I'm Molly Riehl.

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