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'Many dead' in avalanche-hit hotel after Italy quake

Jan 19. 2017
Destroyed buildings covered with snow are pictured in the damaged central Italian village of Amatrice, after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the region, on January 19, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO
Destroyed buildings covered with snow are pictured in the damaged central Italian village of Amatrice, after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the region, on January 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO
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By Agence France-Presse

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ROME - Several people have died after a ski hotel was buried by an avalanche in earthquake-hit central Italy, local media reported Thursday quoting rescue services.

"There are many dead," Antonio Crocetta, the head of a group of Alpine police that was trying to reach the cut-off hotel, was quoted as saying. Media reports said there had been at least 20 guests and seven staff at the Hotel Rigopiano on the lower slopes of the Gran Sasso mountain when the first of four powerful quakes hit the region on Wednesday morning.

    

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