A woman received assistance after being pulled from the Hotel Rigopiano
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A total of 11 people have now been rescued from the Italian hotel buried by snow

Scores of emergency workers have worked round the clock to try and find more survivors.

EMERGENCY WORKERS HAVE pulled four more survivors from the ruins of an Italian hotel buried under an avalanche three days ago, after the “miracle” rescue of a woman and four children yesterday.

Two women and a man were pulled out around 3:00 am local time and another man was extracted soon after dawn from the ruins of the Rigopiano hotel in the mountains of central Italy.

The latest operations bring to 11 the total number of survivors of the disaster, including two hotel guests who were outside the building when the avalanche struck on Wednesday evening.

Italy Avalanche A child who was rescued from the hotel being transported to a hospital Claudio Lattanzio / ANSA via AP Claudio Lattanzio / ANSA via AP / ANSA via AP

Four bodies have been recovered so far, leaving at least 12 people and possibly up to 20 unaccounted for. It is not certain how many people were at the hotel at the time of the avalanche.

Scores of mountain police, firefighters and other emergency personnel have worked painstakingly since the first rescuers battled through a snowstorm to reach the hotel early on Thursday.

Italy Avalanche Gregorio Borgia AP / Press Association Images Gregorio Borgia AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

Progress has been agonisingly slow, with rescuers wary of triggering further movements in the snow piled up on top of the masonry.

But with many internal rooms apparently intact, there are hopes that other survivors may yet be found.

It emerged Saturday that all four of the children who were in the hotel had survived because they were all together in a games room at the time of the avalanche.

An entire family of four was among the survivors.

© – AFP, 2017

Read: Hopes for new group of survivors at Italian mountain hotel following avalanche

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