SARNO, Italy — The stricken Italian town of Sarno prepared to bury today dozens of residents killed in the mudslides that have submerged swaths of the south.
Most of the 116 people known to have died in the disaster came from the town, as did the 22-year-old man found alive Friday after three days neck-deep in rubble.
"The most beautiful thing is to be alive," Roberto Robustelli told Italian TV on Saturday from his hospital bed, his bloodied and bruised face swaddled in bandages.
Robustelli's rescue was a rare ray of hope in a bleak search for survivors. As he recovered, emergency services brought row upon row of coffins to the school gym of a Sarno school.