Deadly avalanche hits mountain hotel in Italy, 30 feared dead

Italy�s Civil Protection agency said there had been around 30 guests and staff at the small ski hotel on the eastern lower slopes of the Gran Sasso mountain.

Deadly avalanche hits mountain hotel in Italy, 30 feared dead

At least 30 people were feared dead in hotel buried by an avalanche in Central Italy's Abruzzo region.Rescue operations are underway in the area that has been pummeled by more than a meter of snow in recent days. Storms that have knocked out power and phone lines and blocked roads, isolating towns and hamlets.

Italy’s Civil Protection agency said there had been around 30 guests and staff at the small ski hotel on the eastern lower slopes of the Gran Sasso mountain. The region has rattled with powerful earthquakes on yesterday.


“There are many dead,” Antonio Crocetta, who heads up the alpine police force for the rescue operation, told Italian media.

CBS News’ Costanza Barone says rescuers managed to reach Hotel Rigopiano on skis, as the deep snow had cut off access by road.

While one resident from the province of Teramo, Daiana Nguyen said "We have been abandoned by everyone!" on Sky TG24. "They talk about sending in the army: Thirty to 40 men came with shovels. We need heavy machinery." Nguyen said people have been stuck in their homes for days.

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