Italian authorities on Saturday adjusted the final death toll from an avalanche in northern Italy to 11, saying all victims have been identified, nearly a week after a chunk of ice broke off a melting glacier. Y it sent a torrent of ice, rocks, and debris down on hikers.
Giampietro Lago, a carabinieri commander who led a team of forensic experts that identified the remains, said the last hiker had been identified and that “There are no elements” at this time to suggest the death toll will rise.
An apartment-building-sized chunk of the Marmolada Glacier in the Dolomite Mountains of Italy broke off on July 3, causing an avalanche down the mountainwhich is a popular hiking destination in the summer.
Experts have said rising temperatures likely contributed to the breakup, as the glacier has been losing mass and volume for years and melting faster than normal this summer amid a heat wave, possibly causing it to melt. destabilized.
A day of mourning was observed on Saturday throughout the affected area, known as Val di Fassa.
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