Parts of a mountain glacier collapsed in the Italian Alps on Sunday amid record temperatures, local officials said, with local media reporting that at least six people had died.
“Rescue operations are underway after a large ice avalanche involving hikers,” the Trento provincial government said, adding that there would likely be a “high number” of injured or killed.
The avalanche occurred at Marmolada, a mountain of more than 3,300 meters in the Dolomites range, in the eastern part of the Italian Alps, between the regions of Trento and Veneto.
Injured people were taken to nearby hospitals in the cities of Belluno, Treviso, Trento and Bolzano, said Veneto President Luca Zaia.
It was not possible to immediately confirm the number of victims.
An early summer heat wave in Italy sent temperatures in Marmolada reaching 10 degrees on Saturday (2), Zaia said.
Source: CNN Brasil