An avalanche buried a mountain hotel in an earthquake-hit region of central Italy after a series of earthquakes shook the area Wednesday.
Rescuers are struggling to get their emergency vehicles through the snow to Hotel Rigopiano on the Gran Sasso mountain, about 30 miles from the coastal city of Pescara.
Rescuers on skis arrived overnight and have saved two people so far, but more than 20 people are believed to be trapped under rubble and snow. Rescuers at the site said they were not able to hear any voices.
Snow and severe weather conditions continue to hamper rescue operations throughout the stricken regions of central Italy. Many households still without power — 98,000 in the Abruzzo region and 14,000 in the Marche region. At least one person died in Teramo and another is missing in the Aquila area after the quakes.