A glacier collapses in the Italian Alps 7 dead 14

A glacier collapses in the Italian Alps: 7 dead, 14 missing… the toll could still rise

Rescuers are resuming the search this Tuesday, July 5, two days after the collapse of part of the Marmolada glacier in the Dolomites. A seventh victim has been added to the heavy toll of this global warming related disaster.

Rescuers continue to tirelessly scan the terrain from helicopters flying over the area devastated by the collapse of a giant boulder that fell from the Marmolada glacier in the Italian Alps.

Difficult work of rescuers

The latest official report shows seven dead and eight injured, “including two in critical condition,” according to Corriere della Serra. However, 14 people are still missing, including a Czech and an Austrian.

A rescuer told the Italian daily that the severity of the collapse made it difficult to identify the bodies. He explains that he has seen many avalanches in his life, “but never anything like that”. The ice was actually mixed with rock, leaving the victims of the landslide with no chance of survival. According to this rescuer, the bodies are so damaged that DNA identification cannot be ruled out.

Responsible global warming

There is no longer any doubt that the collapse of part of the Marmolada glacier, the largest in the Italian Alps, is linked to global warming. This Monday, July 4th, the day after the disaster that killed at least seven people and injured eight, Prime Minister Mario Draghi confirmed the cause of this tragedy.

Italy: The collapse of part of the Marmolada glacier is linked to “the deterioration of the environment and the climatic situation”, explains Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

The collapse claimed at least seven dead and eight injured #AFP pic.twitter.com/X0kcLjxkWJ

– Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) July 4, 2022

Faced with the exceptional drought currently affecting the Po Valley, Italy has declared states of emergency in five northern regions and announced the release of a €36.5 million fund. On the eve of the tragedy, on the eve of the tragedy, the thermometer showed 10 degrees on the 3343-meter-high Marmolada, nicknamed the “Queen of the Dolomites”. A heat record.