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Friday, 10 August 2018 12:07

Massive mudslide eruption in Swiss village

Mudslide eruption is Swiss village Mudslide eruption is Swiss village.

A huge mudslide triggered by an overflowing flood caused by heavy storms struck the village of Grugnay in Switzerland on Tuesday night, 7 of August.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported as the slide provoked only material damage mostly concerning cars and houses. Swiss media reported that the incident started in a stream just above the village of Grugnay. People, that did not panic, opened road for the debris mass to follow its route downstream. According to local radio station Rhone FM, some buildings have been evacuated and two roads leading to the villages of Mayens de Chamoson and Ovronnaz were also closed.

The last months, the region has suffered extreme weather conditions. Snow, stored in the winter, is rapidly melting due to the high temperatures of the present summer. Thus, a vast amount of water is released into local rivers that have become raging torrents.

Footage taken by a bystander showed debris shoot up from an overflowing river bed. The person filming the incident backs away as debris fall very close.


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Mudslide sweeps into Swiss village

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