Italy: Avalanche triggered by earthquake leaves many dead at ski hotel

Rome, PTI | Updated : 19 January 2017, 01:49 PM
Representational Image: Getty Images
Representational Image: Getty Images

Several people have died after a ski hotel was buried by an avalanche in earthquake-hit central Italy, local media reported on Thursday quoting rescue services.

"There are many dead," Antonio Crocetta, the head of a group of Alpine police that was trying to reach the cut-off hotel, was quoted as saying.

Media reports said there had been at least 20 guests and seven staff at the Hotel Rigopiano on the lower slopes of the Gran Sasso mountain when the first of four powerful quakes hit the region yesterday morning.

First Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 01:41 PM

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