Harrowing drone footage shows avalanche aftermath

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  • The Hotel Rigopiano was crushed by an estimated 150,000 tonnes of snow
  • 29 people died in the tragedy, which was caused by an earthquake
  • Drone footage shows the devastation left behind by the avalanche
  • Incredibly 11 people survived the ordeal, which follows a series of quakes in central Italy 

By

Dave Burke For Mailonline


Published:
05:26 EST, 17 February 2017

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Updated:
05:41 EST, 17 February 2017

The horrific damage left behind by an avalanche which destroyed an Italian hotel, killing 29 people, has been revealed in footage taken by a drone.

Last month the Hotel Rigopiano in the Abruzzo region was crushed by an estimated 150,000 tonnes of snow.

The footage, taken from the air above the scene of the tragedy, shows how the building collapsed under the weight of the snow.

The harrowing footage shows the rubble of the Hotel Rigopiano, which was buried in the avalanche last month
The harrowing footage shows the rubble of the Hotel Rigopiano, which was buried in the avalanche last month

The harrowing footage shows the rubble of the Hotel Rigopiano, which was buried in the avalanche last month

The drone footage shows the path the snow took as it descended down the moutainside
The drone footage shows the path the snow took as it descended down the moutainside

The drone footage shows the path the snow took as it descended down the moutainside

Video released by BFMTV shows the path the snow took as it descended down the mountainside.

The hotel was destroyed on January 18, when the hotel, in the remote village of Farindola, was crushed under a 6ft wall of snow as four earthquakes hit the central Italian region of Abruzzo.

Eleven people survived, including all four children who had been staying in the hotel. They were pulled alive from the ruins two days later. 

Survivors later revealed how they ate snow to stay hydrated and sang to keep their spirits up as as they huddled in the pitch black beneath the devastated hotel.

The hotel was destroyed on January 18, when the hotel, in the remote village of Farindola, was crushed under a 6ft wall of snow as four earthquakes hit the central Italian region of Abruzzo
The hotel was destroyed on January 18, when the hotel, in the remote village of Farindola, was crushed under a 6ft wall of snow as four earthquakes hit the central Italian region of Abruzzo

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The hotel was destroyed on January 18, when the hotel, in the remote village of Farindola, was crushed under a 6ft wall of snow as four earthquakes hit the central Italian region of Abruzzo

On the day the hotel was crushed, four earthquakes hit the region, prompting the avalanche
On the day the hotel was crushed, four earthquakes hit the region, prompting the avalanche

On the day the hotel was crushed, four earthquakes hit the region, prompting the avalanche

Survivors later revealed how they ate snow to stay hydrated and sang to keep their spirits up as they waited to be rescued
Survivors later revealed how they ate snow to stay hydrated and sang to keep their spirits up as they waited to be rescued

Survivors later revealed how they ate snow to stay hydrated and sang to keep their spirits up as they waited to be rescued

Survivor Francesca Bronzi, said:  ‘It was very claustrophobic but the worst thing was the thirst, I was constantly wetting my lips with ice and dirty snow.’

Adriana Parete and her eight-year-old son Gianfilippo survived when a ceiling beam came to rest only feet away from their heads.

‘I hugged him and I think we stayed like that for the rest of the time, day and night,’ she said. 

Tragedy struck on January 18, when the Hotel Rigopiano, in the remote village of Farindola, was crushed under a 6ft wall of snow 
Tragedy struck on January 18, when the Hotel Rigopiano, in the remote village of Farindola, was crushed under a 6ft wall of snow 

Tragedy struck on January 18, when the Hotel Rigopiano, in the remote village of Farindola, was crushed under a 6ft wall of snow 

Central Italy has been hit by a series of deadly earthquakes in recent months.

In November nearly 300 people died after a 6.0-magnitude quake hammered the mountain town of Amatrice in August, killing nearly 300 people.

On the day the hotel was crushed, four earthquakes hit the region.

The Italian government has estimated the cost of the quakes over the past six months at more than 23 billion euros.

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