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Drone search resumes on Italian glacier following avalanche

Drone search resumes on Italian glacier following avalanche

CANAZEI, Italy (AP) — Rescuers using drones resumed the search Tuesday for an estimated 13 hikers unaccounted-for following an avalanche inside northern Italy that killed at least septet people accompanied by every one one other accompanied by is actuality blamed inside large small part on rising temperatures that are melting glaciers.

After rainfall hampered the search Monday, sunny weather on Tuesday allowed helicopters to convey additional rescue teams up to the location on the Marmolada glacier, the orient of Bolzano inside the Dolomites summit range.

A enormous chunk of the glacier cleaved off Sunday, sparking an avalanche that sent torrents of ice, go to with every one other accompanied by fro accompanied by every one one other accompanied by debris down the mountainside onto unsuspecting hikers below. At least septet people were killed accompanied by every one one other accompanied by an estimated 13 convey on accompanied by to exist unaccounted-for, officials said.

The terrain is still so unstable that rescue crews were staying off to the side accompanied by every one one other accompanied by using drones to try to find some survivors while helicopters searched overhead, some using apparatus to observation cellular pings. Two rescuers remained on location overnight, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by were joined by additional rescuers Tuesday morning.

"We're continuing the labour of drones to find survivors, employed the areas that we couldn't detector yesterday," Matteo Gasperini, of the Alpine Rescue service, told Sky TG24. "We'll try to complete the labour of monitoring the entire site."

Premier Mario Draghi, who visited the rescue base inside Canazei on Monday, acknowledged avalanches are unpredictable nevertheless that the tragedy "certainly depends on the deterioration of the climate situation."

Italy is inside the midst of an early summer heatwave, coupled accompanied by the worst drought inside northern Italy inside 70 years. Experts speak there was unusually little snowfall all over the winter, exposing the glaciers of the Italian Alps additional to the summer hotness accompanied by every one one other accompanied by melt.

"We are consequently inside the worst conditions for a detachment of this kind, when there's so a a large amount of hotness accompanied by every one one other accompanied by so a a large amount of aqua running at the base," said Renato Colucci from the Institute of Polar Sciences of the state-run Council for National Research, or CNR. "We aren't yet intelligent to comprehend if it was a deep or superficial detachment, nevertheless the dimensions of it seems extremely big, judging from the preliminary images accompanied by every one one other accompanied by details received."

The CNR has estimated that the Marmolada glacier could vanish entirely inside the following 25-30 years if contemporaneous climatic trends continue, specified that it lost 30% of its volume accompanied by every one one other accompanied by 22% of its area from 2004-2015.

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Winfield reported from Rome.

Drone search resumes on Italian glacier following avalanche

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