(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
At least six people were dead and more than a dozen were missing
Sunday after a glacial ice shelf collapsed amid higher-than-usual
temperatures in northern Italy, Trend reports citing Xinhua .
The collapse took place the day after the region of Veneto
recorded record high temperatures, with some parts of the region at
sea level surpassing 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees
According to regional officials, temperatures at the summit of
the Marmolada were around 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees
Fahrenheit). Normally temperatures remain below freezing (0 degrees
Celsius; 32 degrees Fahrenheit) all year on the highest peaks of
In addition to the reported dead and missing, at least eight
people were injured including one in critical condition, according
to a statement from Gianpaolo Bottacin, the regional councilor
civil protection in Veneto, the region that includes Italy's canal
city of Venice.
The peak of the Marmolada is 3,343 meters (nearly 11,000 feet)
above sea level, making it one of the highest mountains in Italy's
craggy Dolomites range.
The tragedy took place around 1:45 p.m. local time when an ice
shelf on the Punto Rocca glacier collapsed, causing a landslide of
snow, ice, and rock that engulfed multiple groups of mountaineers
and hikers. Authorities said there was a risk of further landslides
in the area.
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