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Swiss suspend search for missing hikers amid fresh landslide fears

Swiss police are expecting more landslides in the remote valley where eight people went missing

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Swiss suspend search for missing hikers amid fresh landslide fears

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Authorities in Switzerland say they’re expecting more landslides in the remote valley near the Italian border where eight people disappeared in a massive rock fall this week.

There is growing evidence the hikers had been in the valley at the time of the landslide but rescuers have now suspended a search for the group from Germany, Austria and Switzerland after a second landslide
sent a wall of mud through the village of Bondo.

The tiny settlement was already partially destroyed after the side of a mountain collapsed on Wednesday, dumping rock, rubble and mud metres high.

Experts say melting permafrost due to high temperatures is probably only a minor factor behind the disaster, with a larger role played by longer-term changes in the structure, water content and pressure atop Piz Cengalo mountain.