Landslide threatens Mont Blanc tunnel in Italy

Milan, April 23: A series of landslides over the past few days have disrupted traffic near Courmayeur, a renowned tourist resort in the Italian Alps, forcing temporarily closure of Mont Blanc tunnel, local reports said Tuesday.

Around 20,000 cubic meters of mud and rock fell Monday night, while another estimated 400,000 cubic meters of earth were on the move triggered by rising temperatures, Xinhua reported.

Local authorities reportedly closed Mont Blanc tunnel, which links Italy and France, for about two hours as a result of the crashing rocks.

Meanwhile dozens of citizens had to temporarily leave their homes while protection teams and volunteers were at work to clean roads and shore up protective barriers against further landslides.