World · July 7, 2022

Marmolada: the death toll from the collapse of the glacier in the Italian Alps rises to 9, with 3 still missing

On Wednesday, Italian rescue teams found the bodies of two other victims of the collapse of the glacier in the Alps, which is feared to have killed up to 12 people and is blamed on rising temperatures.

At least nine people were killed on Sunday in the avalanche on the Marmolada, which at over 3,300 meters (10,830 feet) is the highest peak in the Dolomites, a mountain range in the eastern Italian Alps straddling the regions of Trento and Venice.

Maurizio Fugatti, president of the Trento Region, said that drone searches will continue as three other people, all Italians, will remain missing.

A police team specializing in DNA analysis was also enlisted to help with the identification process. Much of Italy was baked in an early summer heatwave, and scientists said climate change was making previously stable glaciers more unpredictable.

Rescue coordinators hope to complement the drone and helicopter work by sending a team of experts and search dogs to the bottom of the site on Thursday, when the weather is expected to be clearer.

Parts of the mountain will remain closed to tourists to allow rescue teams to operate and prevent climbers from accessing potentially dangerous areas.

The local Val di Fassa will hold a day of mourning on Saturday to honor the victims, including two tourists from the Czech Republic.