As Many As 11 Survivors Found in Hotel Buried by Avalanche in Italy


As many as 11 survivors have been found alive Friday in a hotel in central Italy that was buried by snow following a series of earthquakes, Italian news agency ANSA reports.

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ANSA said rescuers made contact with a second group of survivors Friday afternoon, following an earlier discovery of six people. The second group’s number was estimated at five.

The Hotel Rigopiano, in the town of Farindola in the Abruzzo region, was buried by an avalanche of snow Wednesday after a series of earthquakes shook the region. Authorities said up to 30 hotel staff and guests — four of them children — were in the building at the time.

A mother and daughter pulled out of the rubble Friday were taken to a hospital by helicopter, according to ANSA. It added that they appeared to be in a “relatively good condition considering the ordeal they have been through.”

Two bodies were recovered from debris at the hotel and two survivors were rescued Thursday, ANSA reported. Hopes of finding survivors were hampered by difficulties getting heavy equipment to the scene through heavy snow.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Jane Onyanga-Omara

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