Avalanche: race to res­cue 24 miss­ing in ho­tel

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

RES­CUERS worked around the clock yes­ter­day to re­cover 24 peo­ple still miss­ing in an Ital­ian ho­tel that was buried by an avalanche four days ago.

“Res­cuers worked through the night,” Civil Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment of­fi­cial Titti Postiglione told re­porters.

The num­ber of peo­ple still miss­ing in the cen­tral Ital­ian moun­tain ho­tel that was buried by a mas­sive avalanche ear­lier in the week has risen to 24, of­fi­cials said.

“One of those res­cued told us a young Sene­galese man who was a ho­tel worker may have been in­side so he is be­ing con­sid­ered as miss­ing, bring­ing the num­ber from 23 to 24,” the pre­fect’s of­fice in the Abruzzo city of Pescara said.

The death toll from the Rigopi­ano Ho­tel in the Abruzzo moun­tains stands at five. Res­cuers are us­ing dogs and equip­ment ca­pa­ble of track­ing cell­phone sig­nals un­der tons of de­bris.

The four-star Rigopi­ano Ho­tel, lo­cated at an al­ti­tude of 1 200m in the moun­tain­ous Abruzzo re­gion, was en­gulfed by a mas­sive avalanche on Wed­nes­day last week af­ter four pow­er­ful mag­ni­tude-5 quakes shook cen­tral Italy on Tues­day. – dpa

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