Marmolada: six dead, eight injured, 19 reported missing

Heat wave linked to glacier collapse, PM visiting disaster zone

04 July, 12:57

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUL 4 - Six people are dead, eight are injured and 19 people have been reported as missing by relatives after a massive chunk of the Marmolada glacier in northern Italy broke away on Sunday, causing a deadly avalanche of snow, ice and rock, sources said on Monday.

    The number of missing people could be even higher though amid confusion about exactly how many people were in the area when the disaster struck.

    The 19 missing people include 11 Italians, three from the province of Trento and eight from Veneto, and people from the Czech Republic, Romania, Austria, and France.

    Two of the deceased have not yet been identified.

    Three of the victims are Italian and one is Czech, sources said.

    Rescuers worked throughout the night looking for survivors with the help of drones.

    Experts have linked the current heat wave that has hit Italy to the disaster, saying it has made the glacier unstable, with temperatures reaching 10°C at 3,000m above sea level, something that was unthinkable only a few years ago so early in summer.

    (ANSAmed).

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