A glacier collapses in the Italian Alps: five dead

Glacier collapse in Italian Alps: five dead

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A huge block broke off Sunday from the Marmolada glacier in the northern Italian Alps, causing an avalanche that killed at least five people and injured eight, the services of relief. 

“Unfortunately, five people were found dead,” relief spokeswoman Michela Canova told AFP, also reporting eight injured for this “still provisional assessment”. 

Two wounded were transported to the hospital in Belluno, a more serious one in Treviso, and five in Trento, she said, without giving details on the nationality of the victims. Several helicopters were deployed on site to take part in rescue operations and to monitor the situation.

“An avalanche of snow, ice and rock which in its path hit the access road to the when there were several roped parties, some of which were swept away, ”she explained. “The definitive number of mountaineers involved is not yet known”.

The Marmolada glacier is the largest glacier in the Dolomites (Alps), located on the northern slope of the Marmolada. It gives birth to the Avisio River and overlooks Lake Fedaia.