7 known dead, 14 still missing in Italy avalanche

5 July 2022
2022-07-05 09:33

Thunderstorms hampered Monday the search for more than a dozen hikers who remained unaccounted for a day after a huge chunk of an Alpine glacier in Italy broke off, sending an avalanche of ice, snow and rocks down the slope.

The detached ice block was massive, estimated at 200 meters wide, 80 meters tall and 60 meters deep. Officials put the known death toll at seven. A regional leader said that 14 persons remained unaccounted for:

10 Italians, three from the Czech Republic and one from Austria. Italy is in the grips of a weeks-long heat wave, and Alpine rescuers said that the temperature at the glacier's altitude last week topped 10 C when usually it should over around freezing at this time of year.

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