FLORENCE, ITALY – Fresh snowfalls early on Thursday March 1st, 2018 hit northern and central Italy, causing further disruption, especially for transport.
Cities registering the most snow on Thursday morning included Turin, Cuneo, Bologna, Parma and Reggio Emilia, as well as in Milan, Florence and Genoa, among others.
In Florence, where around 2 centimeters fell, schools were given a snow day. There was even heavier snowfall across other parts of Tuscany, where the region’s rolling hills and even the beaches of its north-west coast were covered.
The A1 motorway between between Arezzo and Chiusi was closed on Thursday morning because of the icy conditions, but reopened around an hour later.
The worst disruption was to the rail network, with half of all regional trains cancelled in Piedmont, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Liguria and Tuscany. Four other regions – Lombardy, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Le Marche and Lazio – had only 70 percent of services, and the Milan-Rome-Naples high-speed line was running at 80 percent.
On Friday March 2 the situation is expected to return completely normal, even if the severe temperatures will continue for some days.
FLORENCE, ITALY – Firefighters at work from hours to retrieve survivors of the hotel Rigopiano, engulfed by an avalanche last Wednesday January 18, 2017. There are currently a total of ten people survived with certainty to the tragedy.
In the first group of six people identified this morning, two have already been extracted from the rubble and a third is about to be pulled out, while firefighters continue to work to unearth the other three people.
The rescuers were also able to establish a voice contact with four other people, a man, a woman and two children.
FLORENCE, ITALY – Firefighters at work in the hotel Rigopiano Gran Sasso, hit by an avalanche after the earthquake of January 18, 2017. Two babies among eight found alive in the Hotel.
Rescuers have called for helicopters to ferry the survivors from the remote hotel which is now almost completely buried.
The earthquakes, four of which were stronger than magnitude 5, terrified residents of rural areas who were already struggling with harsh conditions after heavy snowfall buried phone lines and took out power cables.
FLORENCE, ITALY – Up to 30 people are feared dead after an Italian Hotel Rigopiano (Gran Sasso) was covered by an avalanche following an earthquake. Two people have been rescued.
The avalanche followed a series of strong earthquakes in central Italy on Wednesday. Firefighters who arrived at the Hotel Rigopiano said Thursday that the situation is dramatic, the hotel has been swept away, only a little piece remained upright.
Firefighters are reaching the scene with a helicopter and a track vehicle that can carry up to eight people. The first people to reach the hotel were personnel from the Alpine Rescue who got there with skis.
Firefighters freed residents of many villages isolated by snow and hit by the earthquake these days.
The Hotel Rigopiano is located in Abruzzo’s Gran Sasso National Park. In the fall of 2009 the Hotel has had among its guests George Clooney. His presence at the time was linked to the making of the film ‘ The American ‘, filmed between Sweden and Italy.
A deadly quake in August 2016 killed nearly 300, while no one died in the strong aftershocks in October largely because population centers had already been evacuated.
In the meantime, the entire region has been hit by cold weather and buffeted by snowstorms, piling more suffering on to the hard-hit population. People left homeless by the earlier quakes had been moved to hotels in the region, but it wasn’t immediately clear who was staying at Hotel Rigopiano, which is located in the Gran Sasso National Park.
Tuscan teams of civil defense started today January 19, 2017, at 5.30. The aid will be used to provide service by shoveling snow in areas affected by the earthquake, in the province of Macerata.