Eight still missing after Switzerland mudslide

Eight still missing after Switzerland mudslide

A mudslide hit Bondo causing damage (Stock image)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Eight people are missing after a mudslide took place in a Swiss Alpine valley yesterday (August 23).

The mudslide hit the village of Bondo which is near the Italian border, according to The Star. Around 100 people evacuated the area after an alarm warned of the slide.

At first police reported that there were no injuries but said buildings had been damaged by mud and stones.

But today (August 24) police announced that eight people who are thought to have been in the Bondasca valley when the mudslide struck have not been heard from.

Those missing, all adults, are said to be Austrian, German and Swiss. Six of the eight have been reported as missing by relatives.

As part of the continuing search, as Swiss army helicopter has been used to help with efforts.

Graubuenden police spokesman Markus Walzer told the Associated Press that the cause of the mudslide is not yet known.

It is also not clear when locals will be able to return home.