Joy erupts as italian rescuers pull avalanche survivors from rubble


About 30 people were trapped inside the hotel in the Gran Sasso mountain range when the avalanche hit Wednesday after days of winter storms that dumped up to 3 meters (nearly 10 feet) of snow in some places. Exchange rate inr to usd The region was also rocked by four earthquakes on Wednesday but it was not clear if any of those set off the avalanche.

Two people initially survived the devastation and called out for help. Math jokes for teachers One of them, Giampiero Parete, had called his boss and begged him to call in rescue crews because his wife and two children were inside.

The wife, Adriana Vranceanu, 43, and 8-year-old son Gianfilippo, were reunited later Friday with their father at the hospital in the nearby city of Pescara, ANSA news agency and state-run RAI radio said.

Rescue workers at the avalanche site were still hunting for their daughter, 6-year-old Ludovica, after her mother indicated she was still alive under the debris.

“We found five people alive. Exchange rate us dollar to pound sterling We’re pulling them out. Usd to rmb exchange rate history Send us a helicopter!” a rescuer said Friday over firefighters’ radio, overheard by Associated Press journalists making their way on foot toward the disaster site.

Later, the number rose to eight people, including two children. Exchange rate british pound to us dollar Late in the day, firefighter spokesman Luca Cari said the number of survivors located was 10 but only a few had been extracted.

Rescue crews said one group of survivors had been found in the hotel’s kitchen area, and had survived thanks to an air pocket that formed when reinforced cement walls partially resisted the avalanche’s violent power.

The operation has been hampered by difficulty in accessing the remote hotel. Xauusd forecast Workers have been clearing a 7-kilometer (5.5-mile) road to bring in heavier equipment, but the mountain road can handle only one-way traffic and is covered not only by 10 feet of snow but fallen trees and rocks.

Days of heavy snowfall had knocked out electricity and phone lines in many central Italian towns and hamlets, and the hotel phones went down early Wednesday, just as the first of four powerful earthquakes struck.

Parete reported that the guests had all checked out and were waiting for the road to be cleared to be able to leave. Usps shipping calculator But the snowplow scheduled for midafternoon never arrived and the avalanche hit around 5:30 p.m. Binary table Wednesday.

Prosecutors have opened a manslaughter investigation into the tragedy and are looking into whether the avalanche threat was taken seriously enough, according to Italian media.

An Alpine rescue team was the first to arrive at the hotel on cross-country skis after a 7-kilometer (more than 4-mile) journey that took two hours. Binary code chart They found Parete, a guest who escaped the avalanche when he went to his car to get something, and Fabio Salzetta, a hotel maintenance worker, in a car in the resort’s parking lot.

The mountainous region of central Italy has been struck by a series of quakes since August that destroyed homes and historic centers in dozens of towns and hamlets. List of binary numbers A deadly quake in August killed nearly 300 people. Binary sunset piano sheet music No one died in strong aftershocks in the region in October, largely because towns had already been evacuated.