Marmolada glacier collapse in Italy kills six

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At least six people have died as a result of an avalanche brought on by a glacier melting in the northern Italian Alps.

According to emergency personnel, nine additional people were hurt in the collapse, with two of them having critical injuries.

Throughout the night, rescue crews have been searching for the 19 people who are still missing, using helicopters and drones.

Video of the incident showed an ice mass crashing down the slopes of Marmolada, the largest peak in the area.

According to emergency services spokeswoman Michela Canova, “an avalanche of snow, ice, and rock, which in its path impacted the entrance road when there were many roped parties, some of which were swept away.” She continued, “The precise number of mountaineers participating is not yet known.”

According to rescue workers, the injured hikers were sent to several hospitals in the area, one of which was still in severe condition.

It’s not immediately obvious what led to the serac’s a part of the glacier’s collapsing.

However, Walter Milan, a spokesman for the rescue organisation, told state television that temperatures in the region have been particularly high lately.

Mr Milan noted that temperatures recently hit 10 °C near the glacier’s crest and declared, “The heat is unprecedented.”

Mr Milan noted that temperatures recently hit 10 °C near the glacier’s crest and declared, “The heat is unprecedented.”

He declared, “That’s severe heat. There’s something weird about it.”

Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner told La Repubblica that the glacier has been retreating for a number of years as a result of climate change.

There is virtually any ice remaining, according to Mr Messner. He acknowledged that glaciers do occasionally break “due to gravity,” but said that “the global heat, which causes glaciers to melt,” is to blame for the glacier’s retreat.

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