At least five people were killed and eight injured on Sunday after part of a glacier broke through in the Italian Alps. This information was confirmed by Michela Canova, a spokeswoman for the local emergency service.
“Unfortunately, five people were found dead,” Canova said. France Press agency
He added that the total number of victims “is still temporary.”
According to the newspaper Corriere della Sera
So far, two survivors have been hospitalized in Belluno, one in serious condition, referred to Treviso and 5 in a health unit in Trento.
The glacier is part of Mount Marmolada, which has a height of about 3300 meters, located in the Dolomites. Authorities estimate that 15 people were at the site when the landslide occurred. Videos posted on social media show a large amount of snow and ice flowing down the peak at great speed.
According to information from Socorro Albino, a huge ice sheet has broken off near Punta Roca, a point that climbers often use to reach the top of the Marmolada. All the teams of the organization were mobilized to the site, as well as five helicopters from the regions of Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige.
“We heard a loud bang, typical of an avalanche, and then we saw some kind of avalanche and a lot of ice coming down at high speed and we understood that something very serious had happened. And more would likely fall,” a Rifugio Castiglioni Marmolada ski official told ANSA.
On Twitter, the Italian fire department stated that operations were underway to search for victims and survivors.
The cause of the separation has not yet been determined, but local newspapers report that the tragedy occurred one day after the town reached the historic temperature record for that time of year: 10 degrees.
Italy’s Minister of Regional Affairs, Mariastella Gilmini, lamented the slip.
“Dead, injured and missing. Huge ice chunk in Marmolada and avalanche pull everything. Tragedy. I send my condolences to the families of the victims and thank the rescuers for their precious work,” he wrote in a social network.
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