LAQUILA, Italy, (AFP) - Earthquake aftershocks rocked the Italian city of LAquila on Tuesday, raining fresh lumps of debris as rescuers pulled out more survivors and the death toll soared to 228. The government rushed to provide shelter for the victims and police began patrolling against looters. A 98-year-old woman who whiled away the long hours awaiting rescue crocheting was among the lucky few saved on Tuesday, but hopes were dwindling of finding others. Another person was killed late Tuesday by a strong aftershock that rattled Rome and central Italy, ANSA news agency said. More aftershocks could lead to new victims, ANSA warned, adding that the latest casualty occurred in the Santa Rufina di Roio area near the central city of LAquila, which was worst hit by Mondays quake. The latest aftershock measured 5.3 on the Richter scale. The morgue for victims of central Italys earthquake has received 228 bodies, the ANSA news agency reported Tuesday, citing hospital sources. Earlier, Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi told a Press conference there were 207 dead and that 7,000 police, troops and other emergency services and volunteers were taking part in the hunt for survivors. But he rejected outside help after Italys worst earthquake in three decades. The work of the rescue teams was complicated by the aftershocks, which rattled LAquila more than a day after the initial 6.2-magnitude quake that devastated on the historic city and neighbouring villages. The strongest, at about 11:30 am (0930 GMT), measured magnitude 4.7 on the Richter scale, the national geological institute said. Were a bit tired, but still very active, said Fabrizio Curcio, director of the Civil Protection emergency bureau, which is coordinating rescue work from a gymnasium on the outskirts of LAquila. Hundreds of the 1,500 injured were being treated in a field hospital set up inside LAquila. Volunteer groups joined professional rescue teams who used sniffer dogs to locate victims and mechanical diggers. The Vatican joined the rescue effort Tuesday, dispatching eight members of its fire service. Berlusconi, who has declared a state of emergency in the central Abruzzo region, said the search would go on for another 48 hours, adding that 150 people had so far been pulled alive from collapsed structures. One of those found on Tuesday was Maria DAntuono, 98, who was recovered unharmed in LAquila some 30 hours after the quake. She told the ANSA news agency that she had kept at her crochet while awaiting rescue. LAquila was a virtual ghost town the day after the quake, with survivors sheltering at a blue tent city and forming long lines to accept food donations. Some 17,000 people lost their homes, authorities said. Many people spent the night in cars, as temperatures dropped to near freezing in the area about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northeast of Rome. Interior Minister Robert Maroni said $175m in emergency funds had been made available, with more to follow. We will find all the resources we need for this national emergency, he said. Forty of the dead were in Onna, a village of around 300 inhabitants. My husband has been helping the rescue workers and he has been taking away bodies with his bare hands. It is just a nightmare, said one resident who only gave her first name, Silvana. With so many homes and businesses abandoned, Maroni said 200 police officers have been assigned to patrol against looting. Unfortunately there were a few cases yesterday, and today we will reinforce the contingent, he added.