27-year-old Filippo Bari of Malo, Italy was one of the first to be found dead after a large portion of the Marmolada glacier dissolved in the Dolomites and caused a landslide.
So far, seven people have died. news agency Reuters It was announced on Tuesday this week that five Italian climbers are still missing.
The landslide occurred on Sunday, July 5.
Marmolada, in the eastern Italian Alps, is the highest peak in the Dolomites with an elevation of 3,343 meters above sea level.
Since Sunday, Italian rescue workers have been searching using drones and helicopters.
Stefano Cotter, leader of the rescue team and one of the first at the site, told Reuters the landslide was massive.
– When we got to the place, we immediately realized that this was a disaster. It was a massive landslide. We found injured people who needed help, and others who died.
Filippo Barry was an experienced climber. to me Watchman He was on the iceberg this Sunday to prepare for an even bigger challenge that he and his friends would take on later.
– We planned a trip to Monte Rosa – the second highest peak in the Alps after Mont Blanc. Filippo and his friends prepared for this, says Lino Rey, top manager of the climbing club where Barry was a member.
– A great man
When Barry reached the top, he took a selfie and sent the photo to his brother Andrea, with the text:
“Look where I am!”
About an hour later, he was found dead in the avalanche.
– He was a great guy. Lino Rei says he is very young, full of life, and has a strong passion for the mountains.
Barry, who worked in a hardware store on a daily basis, leaves behind a wife and a four-year-old son.
The Guardian wrote that many of the dead were unrecognizable and had to be identified through DNA testing.
A makeshift mortuary has been built at a nearby ice rink where relatives are waiting to find the missing.
Caution in 2020
Since May this year, Italy has been hit by heat waves. According to Reuters, researchers report that climate change has made previously stable glaciers more difficult to predict.
According to the Guardian, Mount Marmolada, known as the Queen of the Dolomites, has lost more than 80 percent of its volume over the past 72 years.
As early as 2020, Italian scientists warned that the glacier could disappear within 15 years due to global warming.
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