'Many dead' in avalanche at Italian hotel

Baku, January 19, AZERTAC

Several people have died after a ski hotel was buried by an avalanche in earthquake-hit central Italy, according to The Local.

Specialist mountain police said there were no signs of life inside the building, which was moved by some ten metres by the force of the snow, local media reported.

Rescuers at the hotel are reported to have a snow mobile capable of transporting up to eight people.

Ambulances remain blocked by two metres of snow some nine kilometres (5.5 miles) away, according to the civil protection agency.

Antonio Di Marco, president of the province of Pescara, which includes the mountain village of Farindola, close to where the hotel is located, said two people had been found alive.

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