Marmolada: Italian Alps glacier collapse death toll rises to 9, 3 still missing

At least nine people have now been confirmed dead in an avalanche on Sunday on Marmolada, which at over 3,300 meters (10,830 feet) is the world’s highest peak. Dolomitesa range in the eastern Italian Alps covering the regions of Trento and Veneto.

Maurizio Fugatti, president of the Trento region, said drone searches would continue as three more people, all Italians, remained missing.

A police team specializing in DNA analysis was also called in to assist in the identification process. Most of Italy baked in early summer heat and scientists said climate change has made previously stable glaciers more unpredictable.

Rescue coordinators are hoping to supplement the work of drones and helicopters by sending a team of experts and search dogs to the bottom of the site on Thursday, when clearer weather is forecast.

Parts of the mountain will remain closed to tourists to allow rescuers to work and prevent climbers from accessing potentially dangerous areas.

The local Fassa Valley will hold a day of mourning on Saturday in memory of the victims, including two tourists from the Czech Republic.