People missing in massive landslide in the Swiss Alps

  • Libyan Express + Agencies |
  • Thursday 24 August 2017

A general views showing the site of a massive landslide that hit the village of Bondo [Agencia EFE]

Eight people were still missing Thursday after a massive landslide swept away a mountainside in the Swiss Alps, ripping apart buildings and forcing the evacuation of a village, Agence France-Presse reported.

The landslide, which struck on Wednesday, sent mud, rocks and dirt flooding down the Piz Cengalo mountain into the outskirts of the village of Bondo, near the Italian border, said AFP.

About 100 people were evacuated, some airlifted out by helicopters, AFP indicated.

Police confirmed that eight hikers, from Germany, Austria and Switzerland had been in the region of Val Bondasca where the landslide occurred and were missing, according to AFP.

There had fears about another six people who had been unaccounted for, but Graubunden police spokeswoman Chiarella Piana later told AFP they had been found safe on the Italian side of the border.

No children were believed to be among the missing, Andrea Mittner of the Graubunden police told a news conference, AFP added.

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