An earthquake-triggered avalanche buried a hotel in central Italy, leaving up to 29 hotel guests and workers either missing or dead, rescue workers said early Thursday.
Authorities spent the night battling atrocious weather conditions trying to reach the Hotel Rigopiano in the town of Farindola, on the Gran Sasso mountain in the central Abruzzo region.
"There are many dead," Antonio Crocetta from the Abruzzo mountain rescue team told Italy's ANSA news agency.
Fabrizio Curcio, head of Italy's civil protection agency, confirmed that 22 guests registered at the hotel were unaccounted for, along with "six or seven" workers.
Two survivors raised the alarm, including one who was flown to the hospital suffering from hypothermia. One body has been found so far, Curcio said.
Italy's Civil Protection department said late Wednesday it had dispatched a team of 20 rescuers including seven firefighters, two mountain rescue teams and six ambulances to the scene.
Local media pictures showed rescuers with shovels digging through a wall of snow, and at least one man being led through the cleared path.Read More...
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