At least six people are dead after a mountain glacier in the Italian Alps collapsed during record high temperatures due to heatwaves.
The avalanche on Sunday July 3 occurred on the Marmolada, the tallest mountain in the Dolomites on the eastern Italian Alps, at 1:30 p.m.
At least 26 people, including mountain climbers and hikers, were caught in the middle of the incident.
Officials said that 15 are still missing, while eight were injured and 18 were unharmed.
Scientist suspect that the avalanche was caused after an early heatwave struck Europe, leading to record high temperatures of 10 degrees Celsius in the Marmolada on Sunday.
“High elevation glaciers, such as the Marmolada, are often steep and relying on cold temperatures below zero degrees Celsius to keep them stable. But climate change means more and more meltwater,” a professor of glaciology in the University of Cambridge told Bloomberg.
Soaring temperatures have caused major disasters in other European countries.
Hundred of people in Spain were evacuated from their homes after earliest heatwave in the country caused massive wildfires.