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A volunteer from Ticino, Switzerland, clears the road with his own car snow plow in the village of Castelli, some 15 km from the site where an avalanche engulfed the mountain hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, near Penne, in earthquake-ravaged central Italy, on January 22, 2017. Rescuers combing the wreckage of the hotel in a bid to find survivors of a devastating avalanche detected no signs of life overnight, officials said on January 22. As the painstaking rescue operation entered a fourth day, firefighters and mountain rescue experts again had to battle extreme weather conditions as they tried to locate the 23 people thought to be trapped under a vast pile of snow and the mangled ruins of the Hotel Rigopiano. Nine people have been pulled alive from the rubble since rescuers first reached the remote hotel in the mountains of central Italy early on January 19.
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Survivors of Italy's avalanche disaster ate snow to stay hydrated and sang to keep their spirits up as as they huddled in pitch black, cramped cavities in the mangled wreckage of the Hotel Rigopiano.
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