Spain begins to count financial cost of Lorca earthquake

13:09, May 14, 2011      

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Insurance companies are beginning to make their first estimates of the financial cost of the earthquake suffered in the town of Lorca in the south east of Spain.

The city of around 90,000 inhabitants was hit by two earthquakes of 4.4 and 5.1 on the Richter scale on Wednesday evening.

The quakes killed a total of nine people and 41 others were still in hospital as a result of their injuries Friday. Meanwhile structural damage to buildings in the town meant that 5,000 people had to spend Thursday night sleeping in the encampments erected by the Spanish Military, who were directed to Lorca on Wednesday to carry out the rescue mission.

The Prince and Princess of Asturias will on Friday attend the official funeral for the victims and two days of mourning have been declared.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has promised that no expense will be spared to help rebuild the town following the earthquakes.

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