The August 24 earthquakes had damaged more than £3bn worth of properties in the town of Amatrice. The true total was still being assessed according to the Prime Minister.
The 6.2 magnitude earthquake had devastated mountain communities in central Italy. The earthquake lasted for three hours, leaving the town virtually reduced to rubble.
About 3,000 people were left homeless. Many were given shelter in tent encampments as aftershocks still moved around the area. Officials had vowed to move the people out of the camps as soon as possible.
“Our priority is to shut the tent camps. We hope it will happen as soon as possible, many will be leaving as early as this weekend,” said Fabrizio Curcio, the head of Italy’s civil protection department.
A prosecutor investigating the aftermath of the quake said shoddy cut-price renovations in breach of local building regulations could be partly to blame for the high death toll.
Reconstruction efforts after previous disasters have been marred by corruption and negligence. Officials this time have pledged to be transparent about the use of funds.