Search and rescue operations are to resume after part of a glacier collapsed which killed six hikers, injured nine and more still to be found. This happened in the Marmolada Range the largest in the Dolomite mountains. The collapse sent a torrent of ice, snow and rock onto a popular trail.
The government in Italy says that the recencent reported increase of the temperature is to blame for having reached as high as 10 degrees Celsius the highest recorded.
Experts at Italy’s state-run CNR research center, which has a polar sciences institute, says the glacier won’t exist anymore in the next 25-30 years and most of its volume is already gone. The Mediterranean basin, shared by southern Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa, has been identified by U.N. experts as a “climate change hot spot,” likely to suffer heat waves and water shortages, among other consequences.
A mong those rescued, some have sustained grave injuries and may likely lose their lives.