On Tuesday, rescue teams in the Italian Alps found eight survivors missing after at least seven people died in a glacier avalanche on Sunday. Told.
The avalanche occurred on the ridge of Marmolada, the highest peak of the Dolomites, and was over 3,300 meters high.
"When we arrived, we saw a disaster. We noticed the size of this huge avalanche," said the head of the local alpine rescue team. Stefano Coter, one of the first to arrive at the scene, said.
"I found an injured person in need of help and another dead," he added.
Avalanche expert Nikola Casagri, a geologist at the University of Florence, told CBS News that the effects of glacier avalanches are more devastating than avalanches.
"These types of events, which are ice and debris avalanches, are impulsive, rapid, unpredictable phenomena, reach very fast, and involve large masses," he says. I did. "And there is no possibility of reaching safety or pre-recognizing the problem, because by the time you recognize it, you have already been hit."
Authorities are using drone, helicopter and cell phone signals to find more victims.
Authorities say five people have not yet been described as of Tuesday morning local time.
During the rescue and restoration work, the immediate area remains closed to tourists.
Some information in this report is from Reuters.