Avalanche: race to rescue 24 missing in hotel
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