Genie lends support to Italian earthquake victims
Genie GTH-5021R rotating telehandler to help build temporary homes in historic walled town of Norcia following the 6.5 Richter earthquake
Genie has delivered a Genie GTH-5021R rotating telehandler to authorities in Umbria, Italy to assist with the construction of temporary homes in historic walled town of Norcia following the 6.5 Richter earthquake that hit the region last year, leaving 30,000 people homeless.
Norcia was first hit by a 6.2 Richter earthquake in August, and two months later, on October 31st, was close to the epicentre of a second larger 6.5 Richter earthquake that levelled the few buildings that were left standing.
The disaster was close to home for Genie, which itself has a production facility in Umbria, located just 100 km north of Norcia in the town of Umbertide.
“When catastrophes like this happen, the least we can do is helping the local community in the way we know best: providing them with our machines,” says Francesco Aiello, senior director of the Genie production facility in Umbertide.
Aiello continues: “With temperatures close to the freezing point, building temporary homes for the town’s residents is a top priority. For this reason we have delivered last week our brand’s largest and most powerful rotating telehandler model, the Genie GTH-5021R, to the authorities in Umbria.
“The GTH-5021 R will be used immediately to help set up wooden houses providing shelter to the displaced population of the Norcia area, and will be offered for as long as needed.
“Being able to relief the local community in the aftermath of this earthquake is an invaluable experience for the Genie team in the Umbertide facility.”
Estimated by experts as being the strongest in the region since a 6.9 quake in Italy’s south killing 2,735 people in 1980, last October’s quake fortunately deplores no lost lives but destruction has been devastating, severely damaging homes and historical buildings such as the town’s ancient Basilica of St. Benedict that dates back to the 16th Century.