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Italy: avalanche: Central Abruzzo

Italy earthquake: ‘Many dead’ in avalanche-hit hotel

Bodies were found inside the hotel in the central Abruzzo region, media reports say.

Several people have died after a ski hotel was buried by an avalanche in earthquake-hit central Italy, according to Italian media.


“There are many dead,” Antonio Crocetta, the head of a group of Alpine police that was trying to reach the cut-off hotel, was quoted as saying on Thursday.


SkyTG24 television said some dead were found inside the Hotel Rigopiano in the town of Farindola on the Gran Sasso mountain in the province of Pescara in the Abruzzo region.


Media reports said there had been at least 20 guests and seven staff at the Hotel Rigopiano on the lower slopes of the Gran Sasso mountain when the first of four powerful quakes hit the region on Wednesday morning.


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