At least five people have died and eight have been injured this Sunday after the detachment of part of a glacier in the Italian Alps, a spokeswoman for the emergency services has reported. “Unfortunately, five people were found dead,” Michela Canova told Agence France Presse. She has also indicated that there were eight people injured, but that the balance “was still provisional.” The detachment has occurred on the La Marmolada glacier, in the Dolomites mountain range.
Two of the injured have been transferred to the Belluno hospital, another to Treviso and five to Trento, the spokeswoman for the emergency services has indicated, without offering more details about the nationality of the victims. Several helicopters participate in the rescue and surveillance operations.
“An avalanche of snow, ice and rock reached the access road at a time when several groups of climbers were there, some of whom were swept away,” explained Canova. “The number of affected climbers is still unknown,” she added.
La Marmolada is the largest glacier in the Dolomites, located in the eastern Alps.
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