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Courmayeur landslide continues

Rising temperatures blamed for ongoing instability

(ANSA) - Aosta, April 22 - An estimated 20,000 cubic metres of rock and mud fell from a mountainside near Courmayeur in the Italian Alps overnight as rising temperatures added to ongoing instability in the area.
    The Mont Blanc tunnel linking Italy and France was closed for almost two hours as a result of the landslide, the largest of several to affect slopes above the luxury Italian ski resort over the Easter holiday long weekend.
    The rocks and mud fell from Monte di La Saxe, where an estimated 400,000 cubic metres of earth is on the move. Franco Gabrielli, head of Italy's civil protection department, arrived in Courmayeur on Tuesday to assess the situation. He was also due to meet with 80 residents of La Palud, located at the foot of the Monte de La Saxe landslide, who were evacuated as a precautionary measure on April 8.


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