Heavy Storms Cause at Least Four Deaths in Switzerland and Overflow the Rhône River


At least four people have been killed in Switzerland and one remains missing due to landslides and flooding caused by strong weekend storms, which have overflowed several rivers, including the Rhone, one of the main in the Alpine country.


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Three of the dead were killed in a landslide in the Maggia valley of the canton of Ticino (south), where roads have been cut, at least one bridge has been destroyed and at least 400 people have been evacuated from various campsites and homes.

Three adjoining valleys became isolated on Sunday, and in the area power was interrupted, while the police asked the population to limit their movements and continues the search for a disappeared person also in the area affected by the landslide.

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Further west, in the canton of Valais, where the upper Rhône is located, the river has overflowed in several areas, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate in the main towns of that stretch of the river, Briga and Sion (cantonal capital).

Also in Valais, a person died dragged by water and mud in the town of Saas Grund, in the Alps near the border with Italy. While the industrial area of Aigle, near the mouth of the Rhone at Lake Geneva, has been evacuated.

The authorities have recommended avoiding any non-urgent displacement in the lower valley, or approaching the banks of the river, which after forming Lake Geneva crosses large cities such as the Swiss Geneva or the French Lyon, Avignon and Arles.

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