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Central Italy Avalanche Death Toll Up to 21, Eight Still Missing

© REUTERS / Vigili del FuocoFirefighters work at Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, after it was hit by an avalanche, in this handout picture released on January 20, 2017 provided by Italy's Fire Fighters
Firefighters work at Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, after it was hit by an avalanche, in this handout picture released on January 20, 2017 provided by Italy's Fire Fighters - Sputnik International
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The number of people killed by an avalanche that buried an alpine hotel in central Italy last week rose to 21 after three more bodies have been uncovered from the snow and rubble, Italian media reported Wednesday.

ROME (Sputnik) — A total of eight remain missing inside the Rigopiano di Farindola hotel in Abruzzo region, according to the RaiNews24 broadcaster.

On January 18, central Italy was shaken by a series of earthquakes, with the biggest tremors ranging up to 5.7 in magnitude. The avalanche buried the Rigopiano di Farindola with dozens of guests and staff inside. Rescue services managed to save 11 people.

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