Avalanche
Firefighters arrive near Hotel Rigopiano, hit by an avalanche, in Farindola, central Italy, in this January 19, 2017, handout picture provided by Italy’s firefighters. Photo: Reuters/Guardia Di Finanza

By Concise News Correspondents 

Reports from central Italy say at least 30 people are missing after a hotel in the area was hit by an avalanche, fuelled by an earthquake.

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Rescuers were said to have battled throughout the night to reach the Rigopiano hotel, with the first of them arriving on skis.

The mountainous region of Central Italy was hit by a succession of four earthquakes on Wednesday and further tremors were reported overnight.

Snow dislodged by the avalanche had blocked the roads in BBC report.

Rescuers pull out victim

Some reports further said one person has been pulled dead from the snow. At least three came out alive but most others appear still buried.

One official said there were “many dead” in the hotel.

The quakes have compounded problems resulting from recent storms, which have brought down power lines and cut off villages.

Rescue operations are under way in other parts of the region as well.