Thursday, 18 August, 2022

Marmolada glacier collapse in Italy kills seven

At least seven people have been killed after being caught in an avalanche sparked by the collapse of a glacier in the northern Italian Alps.

Emergency officials said eight others were injured in the collapse, with two people suffering serious injuries.

Rescue teams using helicopters and drones have resumed searching for 15 still missing.

Four of the seven killed have been identified by rescuers, three of them Italian, including two mountain guides.

Video of the incident showed an ice mass collapsing down the slopes of Marmolada, the area's highest mountain.

"An avalanche of snow, ice and rock which in its path hit the access road when there were several roped parties, some of which were swept away," emergency services spokeswoman Michela Canova said. "The definitive number of mountaineers involved is not yet known," she added.