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first_imgCentral Italyearthquake Wednesday’s earthquakes in central Italy have triggered an avalanche that has buried the Hotel Rigopiano in the town of Farindola, on the Gran Sasso mountain in the central Abruzzo region, with rescuers mounting a desperate search for survivors.Up to 29 hotel guests and workers have been reported as either missing or dead, rescue workers said yesterday, as they face formidable weather conditions trying to reach the resort.“There are many dead,” Antonio Crocetta from the Abruzzo mountain rescue team told Italy’s ANSA news agency.Fabrizio Curcio, head of Italy’s civil protection agency, confirmed that 22 guests registered at the hotel were unaccounted for, along with “six or seven” workers.The prefect of Pescara, Francesco Provolo, said: “This is one of the most important hotels in the area. They are prepared for emergencies.”The president of Italy’s Marche region has talked of a “catastrophe” and appealed for aid as four quakes above magnitude 5 struck in one day. Luca Ceriscioli said quakes and snow had caused landslides and thousands of families were suffering power cuts, with some villages left isolated. The Lazio region was also affected on Wednesday and the tremors were felt in the capital, Rome.Marche was one of the regions worst hit by the earthquake of 24 August, with 46 of its 298 victims losing their lives in a single mountain village there, Pescara del Tronto.Image: Hotel Rigopiano after Wednesday’s avalanche. HANDOUT / Reuterslast_img

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