Italian glacier collapse: at least six dead

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Officials in Italy say at least six people died on Sunday after a glacier collapse in the northern Italian Alps triggered an avalanche.

Eight others were injured in the avalanche and two of them suffered serious injuries, the BBC said.

Helicopters and rescuers were sent to the site of the collapse.

“Unfortunately, five people were found lifeless,” emergency services spokeswoman Michela Canoval told AFP, saying the number “remains a preliminary count”.

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This image, released on Sunday, July 3, 2022, by the Italian National Alpine and Cave Rescue Corps, shows the glacier in the Italian Alps near Trento, much of which has erupted, killing at least six hikers and injuring eight others. touched. Alpine rescue officials, who paid the toll on Sunday evening, said it could take hours to determine if any hikers are still missing. The National Alpine and Cave Rescue Corps tweeted that the search of the affected area of ​​the Marmolada peak involved at least five helicopters and rescue dogs.
(National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps via AP)

“An avalanche of snow, ice and rocks in its path hit the access road when there were several ropes, some of which were swept away,” Canova said. “The final number of mountaineers involved is not yet known,” she added.

One rescuer, Luigi Felicetti, said, “We saw dead (people) and huge chunks of ice, rock.”

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This image, released on Sunday, July 3, 2022, by the Italian National Alpine and Cave Rescue Corps, shows the glacier in the Italian Alps near Trento, much of which has erupted, killing at least six hikers and injuring eight others. touched.  Alpine rescue officials, who paid the toll on Sunday evening, said it could take hours to determine if any hikers are still missing.  The National Alpine and Cave Rescue Corps tweeted that the search of the affected area of ​​the Marmolada peak involved at least five helicopters and rescue dogs.

This image, released on Sunday, July 3, 2022, by the Italian National Alpine and Cave Rescue Corps, shows the glacier in the Italian Alps near Trento, much of which has erupted, killing at least six hikers and injuring eight others. touched. Alpine rescue officials, who paid the toll on Sunday evening, said it could take hours to determine if any hikers are still missing. The National Alpine and Cave Rescue Corps tweeted that the search of the affected area of ​​the Marmolada peak involved at least five helicopters and rescue dogs.
(National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps via AP)

Emergency services in the area of ​​the collapse said 15 people were among the group who were walking.

The cause of the collapse is not yet known, but a rescue service spokesman, Walter Milan, said the area of ​​the collapse has been experiencing high temperatures of late.

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“That’s extreme heat,” Milan said. “It’s clearly something abnormal.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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