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Marmolada: Hopes of finding survivors fade

Fears death toll could climb to around 20

(ANSA) - ROME, JUL 5 - Rescuers on Tuesday continued searching for survivors after Sunday's disaster on the Marmolada glacier although the slim hopes of finding alive any of the 13 people reported missing are fading.
    Seven people are confirmed to have died and eight people are injured, several seriously, after a massive chunk of the glacier in northern Italy broke away, causing a deadly avalanche of ice and rock.
    On Monday Premier Mario Draghi visited the area of the disaster and linked it to global heating.
    "This is a drama that certainly has unforeseen elements, but certainly also depends on the deterioration of the environment and the climate situation," he said at the Dolomites resort town of Canazei.
    "The government must reflect on what has happened and take measures so that what happened has a low probability of happening (again) and, indeed, will be averted".
    Experts have linked the current heat wave that has hit Italy to the disaster, saying it has made the glacier unstable, with temperatures reaching 10°C at 3,000m above sea level, something that was unthinkable only a few years ago so early in summer.
    Scientists say more frequent and intense heat waves are a result of climate change caused by human activity. (ANSA).
   

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