March 22, 2023

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In the Italian Alps, a block of glacier breaks off, killing five people

A large block broke off the Marmolada glacier in the northern Italian Alps on Sunday July 3, killing at least five people and injuring eight, emergency services said.

A relief spokeswoman, Michela Canova, spoke to Agence France-Presse “A more tentative assessment”.

Two of the injured were taken to a hospital in Belluno, one was in a serious condition in Treviso and five were in Trento, he said, without giving a national profile of the victims. Several helicopters were deployed at the scene to participate in rescue operations and monitor the situation.

According to the Civil Protection Department of the nearby Veneto region, “All alpine rescue teams in the area have been mobilized.”including canine units.

The glacier collapsed near the Punta Rocca area, on its usual route to reach its summit. “An avalanche of snow, ice and rocks hit the access road while in its path, several ropes were left, some of which were washed away.Explained by Canova. The exact number of climbers involved is still unknown. »

Temperature recording

Footage shot from a shelter near the disaster showed snow mixed with rocks rolling down the mountain slopes with crashing sounds. Other pictures taken by tourists on their cell phones show from a distance the gray tongue of the avalanche carrying everything in its path.

This collapse of the glacier occurred the day after the peak temperature was reached: ten degrees. According to experts, quoted daily Corrier della SeraFresh snow slopes are to be feared.

The Marmolada Glacier is the largest glacier in the Dolomites, part of the Alps in northern Italy. Located in the autonomous province of Trento, it gives birth to the Avicio River and overlooks Lake Fedaia.

According to the IPCC report published on 1There is In March, melting snow and ice was one of the top ten threats to global warming, disrupting ecosystems and threatening some infrastructure.

The world with AFP

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