At least 14 people missing in Switzerland landslide

At least 14 people missing in Switzerland landslide

Eight people are missing and more are unaccounted for after a huge mudslide hit a Swiss Alpine village.

German, Austrian and Swiss citizens are among the missing, Graubunden cantonal police said. Around 100 residents were evacuated from the community but rescue teams are still searching for six missing persons, police said.

Six of those people have been reported missing by relatives, prompting an "intensified" search overnight.

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But she said mobile phone coverage is spotty at best in the area, which could explain why it had not yet been possible to get in touch with the missing people. Thanks to the alarm system's signal, before the debris approached the village of Bondo the fire service was able to evacuate its inhabitants.

"People are immediately gone, leaving everything behind them".

Bondo will remain closed until today, Mittner said. It's thought that greater damage and casualties were avoided thanks to an automatic alarm system set up after a similar natural disaster in the area in 2012.

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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.

In 2014 a mudslide in Davesco-Soragno in the southern Canton of Ticino swept into a block of flats, killing two people and injuring four others.

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