(UDHAYAM, ITALY) – Rescuers in central Italy have found 10 survivors after an avalanche buried a mountain hotel.
Four children and a woman have been pulled out of the snow that smothered the Rigopiano hotel, in the Abruzzo region, on Wednesday, following several earthquakes.
Workers say they will work into the night to free the others survivors and search for any more.
At least four people died and about 20 are still missing.
There were cheers as the survivors emerged from a hole in the snow.
They had reportedly taken refuge beneath a collapsed portion of ceiling, where they were able to light a fire to keep warm for two days.
The rescue has been hampered by deep snow blocking an access road.
There are also concerns that further avalanches could follow, Italian newspaper La Stampa reported.