Search for missing in landslide-hit Bondo

25 August, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Bondo village in the Swiss alps on Wednesday the day the mudslide hit

Among the missing are citizens of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, according to local residents, the missing climbers.

Villages on the Italian border were struck by a landslide that destroyed several buildings on Wednesday.

The whole village of Bondo near the Swiss-Italian border has been evacuated, but so far none of the missing have been found.

Meanwhile, police requested a no-fly zone over the area to facilitate search-and-rescue efforts by emergency helicopters.

Around 100 people had been evacuated from Bondo and surrounding villages, as well as from Alpine cabins, amid fears of fresh landslides. It wasn't immediately clear when residents might be able to return home.

View of Bondo the next day
8 missing after landslide in Switzerland

The signal also warned the people who were staying at two Swiss Alpine Club cabins nearby, giving them an opportunity to react quickly and to leave the risky area.

Footage of the event was shared by Swiss journalists on social media. Authorities said they would reevaluate the situation Thursday afternoon. Nearly four million cubic metres of rock were detached, or the equivalent of 4,000 single-family houses.

In October 2000, twelve people were dead and four others missing, following floods and landslides in the swiss region of Valais.

Markus Walzer of Graubuenden police said the local alarm system was put in place after a similar mudslide in 2012.

A large landslide in 2011, which according to Graubunden police was about three times smaller than the latest one, poured down the mountainside and landed in an uninhabited valley.

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