At least one Czech among victims of ice avalanche in Italy

An ice avalanche that fell on Marmolada Mountain in the Italian Alps on Sunday has claimed at least six lives, among them a Czech woman, the Italian paper Il Messaggero reports. Four of the victims have thus far been identified, three of them being Italians. Authorities believe as many as 15 people may still be missing, according to The Guardian. Reports in Italian media about how many people were injured in the incident vary from eight to nine.

The threat of a further ice avalanche prevented rescue teams from implementing a more thorough search on Sunday evening, following the accident. Five helicopters, as well as drones and thermal cameras have been used by the rescue workers, Czech Television reports.

Author: Tom McEnchroe