Val Bondasca landslide leaves eight missing in Switzerland

The landslide forced the evacuation of more than 100 people from the Swiss village of Bondo

Local police in eastern Switzerland's canton Graubunden on Thursday told a press briefing that up to 14 people went missing following a landslide near a village near the border with Italy.

Those missing were described as hikers and climbers respectively from Switzerland, Germany and Austria, local police said.

About 100 people were evacuated, some airlifted out by helicopters. "We hope that this is the reason why we have not been able to contact the missing persons", explained the spokesman Markus Walser. The landslide brought rocks and mud to the foot of the village and caused floodwater in the area.

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"People left immediately leaving everything behind. It is not known how long they will have to stay outside the home, because at the moment there is neither water, nor electricity in the village of Bondo", said Ms. Rauch. "They didn't bring anything, because they thought they would be returning quickly", Rauch said.

The landslide occured near 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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Bondo will remain closed until today, Mittner said.

Police said the landslide struck a remote valley in the south-east of the country yesterday.

In 2014 a mudslide in Davesco-Soragno in the southern Canton of Ticino swept into a block of flats, killing two people and injuring four others.

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