More survivors in Italian avalanche hotel as death toll rises to five

January 21, 2017 16:19


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PENNE, Italy - A total of nine people have been pulled alive from the rubble of a hotel demolished on Wednesday by an avalanche in central Italy, although officials said five have died and an estimated 23 more are still missing.

Fireman dug the survivors, including four children, from beneath tons of snow and debris at the Hotel Rigopiano on Friday and Saturday, moving cautiously for fear that air pockets left when it was razed by a tsunami of snow might collapse.Police said they found one of the survivors and three of the victims in the dark by tracing their mobile phone signals.

One man's body was recovered on Saturday morning in the ruins of the four-story hotel in a remote valley in the Abruzzo region, after those of two women were found overnight.

All nine survivors are in good condition in hospital in nearby Pescara, and only one required surgery, hospital director Rossano Di Luzio said.

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