(CNN) – At least six people have been killed and another eight injured after an ice avalanche in the Italian Alps, CNN affiliate Skytg24 said on Sunday, citing first responders.
At least a dozen people are still missing after the collapse on Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Dolomites, Skytg24 also reported, citing rescuers.
The Alpine Rescue Service announced via Twitter that an important segment of ice, also known as the serac, had collapsed on the Marmolada glacier along the ascent to the summit.
It also said all alpine rescue stations in the area have been activated, including dog units and at least five helicopters.
A worker at the Castiglioni Marmolada Refuge, a local inn, witnessed the collapse of the serac and told Skytg24 that he “heard a loud noise, typical of a landslide, then we saw a sort of avalanche of snow and ice, and that’s when I got it.” clearly something serious had happened.”
The collapse also took place amid record local temperatures, Skytg24 reported, reaching about 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) at the mountaintop.
Many parts of western Europe, including Italy, have experienced a long heatwave for the past month.
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