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Eight people missing after mudslide devastates Swiss village

Eight people missing after mudslide devastates Swiss village

Two hundred villagers were evacuated on Wednesday.

Eight people are missing after a landslide in small village in southeastern Switzerland, police said Thursday.

"Eight people who were on site at the time of the landslide could not be found" for the moment, said in a statement that the cantonal police of Grisons who thinks that a lot of them were hiking at the time of the accident.

Villages on the Italian border were struck by a landslide that destroyed several buildings on Wednesday.

Helicopters and rescue services were leading the search for the missing on Thursday.

Those missing include German, Austrian and Swiss citizens, the report said.




"The noise was deafening", one of them said.

The signal also warned the people who were staying at two Swiss Alpine Club cabins nearby, giving them an opportunity to react quickly and to leave the risky area.

She said she first noticed something was amiss when a large flock of birds began flying nervously around the church tower, and then an ear-deafening bang that sent rocks pouring down the mountain.

The evacuees were being housed in private homes and in nearby hotels, including in the village of Castasegna on the Italian border.

The alarm system in Bondo was installed after a huge landslide on the slopes of Piz Cengalo in 2012 which crashed into an uninhabited valley.

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