Rome, May 21 (IANS/AKI) The earthquake that struck Italy Sunday caused a loss of around 200 million euros (over $250 million) to agriculture, a trade association said Monday.
The Coldiretti farmers’ association estimated the cost by calculating the loss of 400,000 wheels of parmesan cheese, damage to farm buildings and machinery and the loss of animals.
The Emilia Romagna region felt the worst quake in around 700 years, that killed at least seven people. The quake was followed by 170 aftershocks.
The government is yet to put an estimate on the total damage.
Around 3,500 people slept in tents and cars Sunday night after their homes were damaged or they were too scared to return.
Prime minister Mario Monti returned early from a NATO summit in Chicago to lead the government’s response to the disaster and to attend the funeral of a 16-year-old girl killed in a bomb explosion outside her school in southern Italy’s Brindisi May 19.