Six dead in glacier collapse in Italy

At least six people were dead and more than a dozen were missing Sunday after a glacial ice shelf collapsed amid higher-than-usual temperatures in northern Italy, SİA reports citing Xinhua.

The collapse took place the day after the region of Veneto recorded record high temperatures, with some parts of the region at sea level surpassing 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

According to regional officials, temperatures at the summit of the Marmolada were around 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit). Normally temperatures remain below freezing (0 degrees Celsius; 32 degrees Fahrenheit) all year on the highest peaks of the Alps.

In addition to the reported dead and missing, at least eight people were injured including one in critical condition, according to a statement from Gianpaolo Bottacin, the regional councilor civil protection in Veneto, the region that includes Italy's canal city of Venice.

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