>> The death toll in Italy's earthquake now put at 247, but that's unlikely to be the final number. After a night of frantic rescue efforts, it's still very unclear how many people might be under the rubble. This is a holiday destination, with many properties only occupied for a few weeks each year.
It may take days or weeks to establish just how many had people in them. Reuters reporter Steve Scherer is in Amatrice, one of the worst hit towns.>> They're still looking for bodies and even survivors. In fact, they were digging here until two minutes ago, they stopped because they needed silence so that they could go down and listen for a possible survivor in a house down here, just below where we are right now.
>> These aerial pictures show the scale of the challenge. Whole villages reduced to rumble, access for emergency workers difficult. Hopes of finding more survivors dwindling as the hours pass.>> They brought in heavy machinery which usually is not a good sign after an earthquake because it's not very safe for anybody who might be still trapped under the rubble.
But today there's heavy machinery, they're pulling out rubble in trucks. I saw a truck go by a minute ago with a small stuffed animal on top. It's a very emotional and trying scene.>> Many of the houses here are centuries old, little can be done to make them quake-proof.
But modern buildings came down, too. Wednesday's 6.2 magnitude temblor struck just below the surface of the earth. That multiplied its destructive force. For the people of this remote region, survival was largely a matter of luck.