Pulse.ng logo
Go

In Italy Avalanche death toll rises to 23

Three bodies were retrieved from the site overnight and a further two corpses were found during the morning. However, six people were still missing.

  • Published: , Refreshed:
A picture released by Italy's CNSAS rescue agency shows teams working at the avalanche-hit Hotel Rigopiano play

A picture released by Italy's CNSAS rescue agency shows teams working at the avalanche-hit Hotel Rigopiano

(CNSAS/AFP)

Rescuers workers have pulled five more bodies from the wreck of a hotel in central Italy that was razed by an avalanche a week ago, bringing the death toll to 23, the national fire brigade said on Wednesday.

Three bodies were retrieved from the site overnight and a further two corpses were found during the morning.

However, six people were still missing.

Eleven guests and workers at the Hotel Rigopiano survived the disaster.

The last of them were pulled from the submerged ruins of the luxury spa early on Saturday, and hopes of finding anyone else alive are fading.

Prosecutors in nearby Pescara have opened an investigation into the Jan. 18 avalanche in the Gran Sasso national park, which came after heavy snow storms and a flurry of powerful earthquakes.

Many guests at the hotel wanted to return home but were unable to leave because the access road was blocked by snow

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Nigeria?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +2349055172167, Social Media @pulsenigeria247: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng. More information here.