Avalanche hits central Italy hotel, over 30 people missing

Handout photo issued by Virgili del Fuoco after an avalanche buried the Hotel Rigopiano in Abruzzo (Photo: Virgili del Fuoco /PA Wire)

Rescuers say up to 30 people are missing after a hotel in central Italy was hit by an avalanche, apparently triggered by an earthquake, the BBC wrote.

It added that rescuers battled overnight to reach the Rigopiano hotel, with the first of them arriving on skis. Snow dislodged by the avalanche had blocked the roads.

One person has been pulled dead from the snow. Two have been found alive but most others appear to be still buried, said the BBC.

One official said there were “many dead” in the hotel.

The mountainous region of central Italy was hit by a succession of four earthquakes on Wednesday and further tremors were reported overnight, the BBC indicated.

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