Glacier collapses in Italian Alps, killing at least six

ROME, July 3- Parts of a mountain Glacier collapses in the Italian Alps on Sunday amid record temperatures, local authorities said, killing at least six people and injuring eight.

The Trento provincial government said rescue operations were in progress after a giant “ice avalanche” involving hikers, adding that there was likely to be a “heavy toll.”

The avalanche took place on the Marmolada, which at more than 3,300 meters is the highest mountain in the Dolomites, a range in the eastern Italian Alps straddling the regions of Trento and Veneto.

Took injured people to hospitals in the nearby towns of Belluno, Treviso, Trento, and Bolzano, said the president of Veneto, Luca Zaia.

Glacier collapses in Italian Alps

The vast mass of ice collapsed close to Punta Rocca, on the route usually used by hikers and climbers to reach the summit, the Alpine rescue unit said.

“Fortunately, the weather conditions are good, but the danger is that there could further collapse,” a spokesperson said.

Helicopters and dogs were being used to try to find survivors.

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An early summer heatwave in Italy saw temperatures on the Marmolada touch 10 degrees Celsius (50 Fahrenheit) on Saturday, Zaia said.

Rising average temperatures have caused the Marmolada glacier, like many others worldwide, to shrink steadily over recent decades.

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