The number of missing after collapse of the Italian Marmolada glacierin the Alps, has been reduced to five, after locating eight people who were believed to be at the scene, according to the latest data released today by emergency teams.
The dead remain seven, three yet to be identified, and the wounded eight. In addition, one of them has been discharged today from the hospital where he was admitted.
The tragedy occurred The last Sunday when a portion of the Marmolada glacier, 200 meters long, 60 wide and 30 thick, broke off down the mountain in the dolomites crushing everything in its path.
The emergency teams are still looking for five people who were allegedly in the place and who have not been heard from since that day, although the hopes of finding them alive, if they are under the glacier, are practically nil. The five disappeared are all of Italian nationality.
All access points to the mountain have been closed for security reasons and the search for the missing persons is carried out by air with dronesas it is feared that the high temperatures will cause a new collapse of the glacier.
The detachment is an “unpredictable event” but due to climate change it will inevitably be more frequent, explains the glaciology expert and director of the Institute of Polar Sciences of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), Carlo Barbante.
“These are events that have always occurred in glaciers, but have accelerated in recent times due to global warming. Glaciers melt like this, not drop by drop, and these episodes will always be more frequent with these high temperatures,” warns.