Dozens of people have been buried by snow in the Dolomites in northern Italy. A massive-scale search is underway for more missing people, MTI reports. Press recently confirmed that Hungarian people were also in the middle of the catastrophe. Continue reading below to find out more.
At least six people were killed on Sunday by an ice slide on the slopes of the Marmolada, the highest mountain group in the Dolomites in northern Italy. The ice, which broke off the summit of the Marmolada, also crushed several groups of hikers attempting to reach the summit, reports Telex. According to local rescuers, the snow buried dozens of people, but they are still searching for more missing people.
Gianpaolo Bottacin, a civil protection adviser for the Veneto province, provided information to ANSA Italy. He said that they were able to rescue nine injured civilians. He added that a lot of people are still missing, but they continue to search for them. Caught on camera is the ice breaking off the mountain summit.
People are still searching for an answer to what might have caused such a huge landslide. However, several scientists are speculating that global warming might have played a hand in the brutal catastrophe.
Local officials were also investigating the nearest car park from the disaster site. They have confirmed that an empty car with a Hungarian licence plate has been found, reports Index.
On Monday, MTI contacted Máté Paczolay, spokesperson of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry. He told that a group of Hungarians travelled 3,300 metres in altitude into the Marmolada ridge. That is when the landslide occurred. Other than the vehicle mentioned above, locals found another car, which also belongs to Hungarians.
Italian officials used a helicopter to rescue a group of eight Hungarians after the disastrous accident. All eight survivors were transported safely away from the disaster site. After confirming that they needed no further medical attention, they were ready to leave the area. They all managed to return to Hungary as well.
Spokesman Paczolai also confirmed that none of the missing or injured victims are of Hungarian nationality. He also added that the embassies are keeping constant contact with Italian disaster management. They are keeping a close eye on any events to follow.
Source: telex.hu, index.hu