Avalanche dis­as­ter

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

PENNE: A huge avalanche ploughed into a lux­ury moun­tain ho­tel in cen­tral Italy after a se­ries of strong earth­quakes rat­tled the area, and up to 30 peo­ple might be buried un­der the snow.

Res­cue work­ers us­ing flash­lights on their hel­mets bat­tled bliz­zard con­di­tions dur­ing the night to reach the iso­lated ho­tel on skis. They ar­rived in the dark to find most of the four­storey struc­ture un­der a moun­tain of snow and de­bris.

Around 30 peo­ple – guests and work­ers – are un­ac­counted for at the Ho­tel Rigopi­ano in Farindola.

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