New mudslide hits villages in Switzerland, crushing homes

2017-09-01 13:07
Houses covered by stones after a landslide struck in the village of Bondo, Switzerland. (Miguel Medina, AFP, file)

Houses covered by stones after a landslide struck in the village of Bondo, Switzerland. (Miguel Medina, AFP, file)

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Geneva - Swiss authorities say new mudslides swept through south-eastern villages near the Italian border, one rumbling along the same creek bed where a powerful, rocky mudslide left eight people missing and feared dead last week.

Several houses were demolished in Bondo, where clean-up crews have been working, and neighbouring Promontogno and Spino overnight from Thursday to Friday, following thunderstorms.

Several roads were rendered impassable. No injuries were initially reported.

The town hall in nearby Bregaglia said two people were evacuated from a hotel in Spino, downstream from Bondo, which has been most hit by the repeat mudslides.

Over the weekend rescue teams stopped searching for two Austrians, two Swiss and four Germans who went missing after a chunk of nearby mountainside broke off on August 20, sparking the first mudslide.

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