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8 people missing after Swiss landslide

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By Euronews
8 people missing after Swiss landslide

Rescue crews are seeking eight people from Germany, Austria and Switzerland who have been missing for more than a day after a landslide struck a remote Swiss valley, police said on Thursday.

Authorities had evacuated around 100 people from the village of Bondo and airlifted hikers from nearby huts in the eastern canton of the Grisons after rocks and mud hit the area early on Wednesday.

Police said they were unable to reach eight people in the area, six of whom had been reported missing by relatives, despite intensified searches by teams including an army helicopter. A massive landslide has forced Swiss authorities to evacuate the entire village of Bondo, in the eastern canton of Graubuenden.

Several buildings were “destroyed but no-one is reported to have been hurt”:, largely thanks to an automatic alarm system set up in 2012 after another huge landslide in the same region.

Between 2-3 million cubic meters of rocks were brutally detached from Cengalo Peak which measures more than 3300 meters.

The collapse of the mountain had been under surveillance for several weeks.