Five Bodies Found, 15 Unfound In Italy Avalanche Tragedy/Photo: ITALIAN FIRE BRIGADE

By Concise News Correspondents 

Rescuers have found five more bodies in the midst of rubble of the mountain hotel engulfed by an avalanche six days ago in Italy.

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With the latest recoveries of three men and two women, the total number of victims is now 14.

But reports say 15 people remain unaccounted for and rescuers have added that there is still a dim hope that some could be alive.

Firefighters are said to be trying to punch a hole through an 80cm (2 ft 7 in) concrete wall into the hotel bar.

The hope is that the avalanche may not have penetrated the heart of the hotel structure, which they have yet to reach, that is according to spokesman Luca Cari.

Cari was further quoted as saying that rescuers were working around the clock and still hoped to find survivors alive.