The rescue workers in the northern Italian Dolomites discovered another body after the glacier fell.

This was confirmed by the police in Trento on Monday afternoon.

This increases the number of people killed in Sunday's avalanche on Mount Marmolada to seven.

The authorities suspect more fatalities on the mountain.

The rescue work was temporarily interrupted on Monday due to an approaching storm.

Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who wanted to visit the situation center in Canazei at the foot of the mountain by helicopter, could not land there and had to switch to Verona to switch to a car.

Among the mountaineers affected are two Germans: a 58-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man.

This was announced by the Federal Foreign Office and the health authority in Belluno on Monday.

According to initial information, the two are seriously injured.

The honorary consul in Bolzano and the German embassy in Rome are in constant contact with the Italian authorities, it said.

16 people are missing

Meanwhile, on Monday, search and rescue operations continued on the more than 3,340-meter-high Marmolada mountain - the highest in the Dolomites on the border of the Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto regions.

Helicopters and drones searched the area where an avalanche of snow, ice and debris swept away several mountaineers on Sunday.

According to the Ansa news agency, the number of missing people has risen to 16.

Eight people suffered injuries.

According to Ansa, the first relatives of missing persons arrived in Canazei on Monday to ask the emergency services for information about their relatives.

The authorities are currently investigating the owners of cars parked in the parking lot, which is mainly used by mountaineers.

However, it has not yet been finally clarified why the avalanche came off the Marmolada.

The video of a hut owner showed how the masses of rock and snow thundered down the valley on Sunday.

It is possible that the high temperatures of the past few days, weeks and months favored the demolition.

The South Tyrolean extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner sees the avalanche as a clear consequence of the climate crisis.

The glaciers would become increasingly unstable because of the unusually warm temperatures.

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