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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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“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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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.