Up to 30 people are missing and feared dead after an avalanche hit the mountain hotel Rigopiano in Farindola in Italy after the earthquakes in the country Wednesday, according to Italian media.
There have been at least 22 guests and seven employees of the hotel when the avalanche hit and buried the property in snow. Some of the guests are children, and there are children among those killed, according to several media.
According to the news agency Ansa, some guests have sent text messages to alert the outside world:
- Help, we are freezing to death, says one of the messages.
Rescuers fear that the avalanche may have been triggered by the earthquakes that shook Italy on Wednesday morning, which in such case means that the missing may have been buried in snow for at least 24 hours, writes Il Messaggero.
The first rescuers did not reach the hotel until Wednesday night.
- There are many dead, said Antonio Crocetta of an alpine rescue team, among the first who arrived at the hotel.
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