Six mountain climbers have died after slabs of ice fell on them in two separate incidents within hours of each other in the Alps.
The tragedies happened in Italy and France today, with a sudden rise in temperatures blamed for frozen waterfalls detaching from mountainsides.
The four climbers killed in Italy were scaling a waterfall in Gressony-Saint-Jean, in the Val d'Aosta region near the border with Switzerland, when part of the ice wall gave way at around 10.30am.
Four climbers, believed to be Italian, died this morning in Gressoney-Saint-Jean, in the Italian Alps, after a frozen waterfall collapsed onto them
The tragedy happened just 90 minutes before two men were killed near the town of La Grave in the French Alps
It is believed those who died were Italian.
A fifth climber survived, apparently because he had already reached a ledge above where the frozen waterfall cracked off, the head of the Val d'Aosta Alpine rescue service, Adriano Favre, told Italian media.
Alpine teams rescued the survivor.
An Alpine rescue team endeavoured to save the four climbers in Gressoney-Saint-Jean today
Today's two tragedies happened just two days after four snowboarders died in an avalanche in Tignes, in the French Alps
In the French Alps, two men were killed at around midday near the town of La Grave.
Julien Michon, of the mountain rescue service in Briancon, said an ice sheet broke off and crashed down on them.
Mr Michon said the weather there was unusually warm and sunny.
The climbers' bodies were brought to Briancon.
It comes two days after four snowboarders died in an avalanche in Tignes, in the French Alps.