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At least 6 people died after Alpine Glacier chunks hit hikers

ROME — On Sunday afternoon, most of the Alpine glacier broke down the Italian hillside, and ice, snow and rocks hit hikers and killed on a popular trail at the top of the mountain. At least 6 people were injured and 8 were injured, according to officials.

Walter Milano, a spokesman for the National Alpine Rescue Team, said he couldn't immediately determine how many hikers were in the area and if they were missing. Stated.

The rescue team was checking the parking license plate as part of a check to determine how many people might not have been explained. This process can take several hours.

The nationality and age of the dead were not immediately known, Milan said. Of the eight survivors who were hospitalized, two were in serious condition, the emergency dispatch service said.

Earlier, the National Alpine and Cave Rescue Team tweeted that at least five helicopters and rescue dogs were involved in the search for the area involved at the summit of Marmorada.

A SUEM dispatch service based in the nearby Veneto area said 18 people on the ice-hit area would be evacuated by the Alpine rescue team.

However, Milan said that people on the slopes might be able to get off on their own, such as by using a cable car at the top of the mountain.

According to SUEM, the avalanche consisted of "falling snow, ice, and rocks." The separated section is known as Serak, or the apex of ice.

Towering about 3,300 meters (about 11,000 feet), Marmorada is the highest mountain in the eastern part of Dolomite and offers spectacular views of the other Alpine mountains.

The Alpine Rescue Service tweeted that the segment was near Puntarokka (Rockpoint) and was interrupted "usually along the itinerary used to reach its peak."

It was not immediately clear why the ice part collapsed and rushed down the slope of the mountaintop. However, it may be due to the intense heat waves that dominate Italy since late June.

"Recent temperatures have clearly affected the partial collapse of the glacial," Maurizio Fugatti, president of Trent, bordering Marmorada, told Sky TG24 news.

However, Milan emphasized that the unusually high fever that surged above 10 C (50 F) at the recent peak of Marmorada was the only possible cause of Sunday's tragedy.

"There are so many factors that could be involved," Milan said. Avalanches are generally unpredictable, and the effects of heat on glaciers are "more unpredictable," he said.

According to the rescue team, the injured were taken to several hospitals in the Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto areas.