CANAZEI: An avalanche set off by the collapse of the largest glacier in the Italian Alps killed at least six people and injured eight others Sunday, an emergency services spokeswoman said.
The glacier collapsed on the mountain of Marmolada, the highest in the Italian Dolomites, near the hamlet of Punta Rocca, on the route normally taken to reach its summit.
The disaster struck one day after a record-high temperature of 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) was recorded at the glacier s summit.
Six people had been confirmed dead and eight were injured, she added.
The search for survivors was halted later Sunday but will resume early on Monday.
Two of the injured were taken to hospital in Belluno, another in a more serious condition was taken to Treviso and five to Trento.