An avalanche, likely triggered by an earthquake, has buried a hotel in the Italian region of Abruzzo, leaving at least 30 people missing.
Rescuers have worked relentlessly to reach the four-star Hotel Rigopiano, close to Gran Sasso mountain.
A series of earthquakes hit the region Wednesday, including one with a 5.7 magnitude.
Local residents alerted emergency services after the hotel’s roof partly collapsed. But rescue efforts were hindered by a snowstorm which blocked access to the hotel.
Pictures showed rescuers shovelling their way through a wall of snow, and at least one man being led through the cleared path. Read more…