ITALY: The Chaos of Digging Out

Along with confusion, the baby sellers and black marketeers

A young police captain led a convoy of buses into the mountainside hamlet of Calitri, 65 miles east of Naples, one day last week. The captain's mission: to persuade the 3,400 villagers of Calitri, camped beside the wreckage of their homes after the country's most devastating earthquake in 65 years, to accept temporary shelter elsewhere. His convoy was part of Plan S, a vast effort by the Italian government to evacuate the 234,000 people left homeless by the quake.

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