News: Latest News
Latest NewsCompaniesMarketsEconomy & ForexCommoditiesInterest RatesBusiness LeadersFinance Pro.CalendarSectors 
All NewsEconomyCurrencies & ForexCryptocurrenciesCybersecurityPress Releases

Glacier collapses in Italian Alps, killing at least six

07/03/2022 | 01:21pm EDT
Ice glacier collapsed on Marmolada mountain

ROME (Reuters) -Parts of a mountain glacier collapsed in the Italian Alps on Sunday amid record temperatures, local authorities said, killing at least six people and injuring eight.

The Trento provincial government said rescue operations were in progress after a large "ice avalanche" involving hikers, adding that there was likely to be a "heavy toll".

The avalanche took place on the Marmolada, which at more than 3,300 metres is the highest mountain in the Dolomites, a range in the eastern Italian Alps straddling the regions of Trento and Veneto.

Injured people were taken to hospitals in the nearby towns of Belluno, Treviso, Trento and Bolzano, said the president of Veneto, Luca Zaia.

The huge mass of ice collapsed close to Punta Rocca, on the route usually used by hikers and climbers to reach the summit, the Alpine rescue unit said.

"Fortunately the weather conditions are good but the danger is that there could be further collapses," a spokesperson said.

Helicopters and dogs were being used to try to find survivors.

An early summer heatwave in Italy saw temperatures on the Marmolada touch 10 degrees Celsius (50 Fahrenheit) on Saturday, Zaia said.

Rising average temperatures have caused the Marmolada glacier, like many others around the world, to shrink steadily over recent decades.

(Reporting by Gavin Jones; Editing by Catherine Evans)


© Reuters 2022
Latest news "Economy & Forex"
10:49aFirst ship carrying Ukraine wheat under UN deal docks in Turkey
RE
10:47aNigerian police urged to be 'humane' as they tighten security
RE
10:47aRuto pulls ahead in Kenya's presidential vote count as tempers fray
RE
10:39aWall St Week Ahead-Soft landing hopes for U.S. economy brighten outlook on stocks
RE
10:19aFireworks explode in Armenian mall, killing one and injuring 45 -reports
RE
10:19aMan dies after crashing car, firing gunshots near U.S. Capitol
RE
09:46aSalman Rushdie off ventilator and condition improving, agent says
RE
09:41aSalman Rushdie off ventilator and condition improving, agent says
RE
09:21aRuto pulls ahead in Kenya's presidential vote count as tempers fray
RE
09:21aBritain's opposition Labour Party to demand energy price cap freeze
RE
Latest news "Economy & Forex"