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Bad weather in Switzerland: a body found, two people missing (police)

The body of one of the people missing after torrential floods in northeastern Switzerland has been recovered. found Sunday, announced the police, while operations continue to find two other people.

Storms and very heavy rainfall caused floods and landslides on Friday evening in the Mesolcina valley, an Italian-speaking mountain region in the canton of Graubünden.

The village of Sorte was particularly affected, with several houses and vehicles washed away, showing a devastated landscape.

Bad weather in Switzerland: a body found, two people missing (police)

A landslide in the hamlet of Sorte, south of Lostallo, in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, June 23, 2024 © AFP – Piero CRUCIATTI

“Not long ago we found a body,” operations manager William Kloter of the Graubünden cantonal police told a news conference in a nearby village.

It is a man, he said, indicating that the body had been carried away by water for more than eight kilometers.< /p>

One of the four missing people was found alive, but injured, in rock slides on Saturday morning and transported to Lugano hospital.

After being interrupted during the night, search operations resumed on Sunday, in the hope of finding the two other people still missing.

But with the passage of time, “the probability of finding them alive is low”, noted Mr. Kloter.

Swiss Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ignazio Cassis , who is Italian-speaking, also participated in the press conference.

“Today is a sad day (…) and that is why I am here to bring the solidarity of the Federal Council (government) in this difficult moment”, he said.

“I am thinking especially of those who are waiting for news” of people who are still missing, he added.

Due to these bad weather, several roads and a section of highway are cut in due to these bad weather conditions.

The minister assured that the authorities were doing what was necessary to “restore north-south traffic as quickly as possible” because these roads “are particularly popular in summer” by vacationers.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116