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Landslide in Switzerland. A rock avalanche slid down the slope, swept away the building

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A rock landslide hit just outside the village of Brienz in eastern Switzerland, sweeping away a building. The town has been deserted for a month, as residents have been ordered to evacuate due to the imminent danger.

In May, the village of Brienz, also known as Brinzauls in the local Romansh language, was complete evacuation order. The cause was a giant rock “island” that could slide down on the houses at any moment.

The road covered with rocks

As reported by the authorities of the municipality of Albula/Alvra, a large part of the rock rubble fell during the night from Thursday to Friday. The rock masses missed the village by a hair, carrying away only one building – most likely it was a shepherd’s hut or a stable. Rubble slid onto one of the local roads, covering it with a meter-thick layer of rocks.

Due to the danger of the landslide, the road connecting Tiefencastel and Surava has been temporarily closed. There are detours for cars and public transport. The route of the next stage of the Tour de Suisse, which was supposed to pass through a closed road, was also changed.

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Christian Gartmann from the regional crisis management committee said on Friday morning that now the first step will be to check the stability of the slope and assess how safe the village is. Local authorities hope that the difficulties will last as short as possible. The question of returning the inhabitants to the village also remains unclear – in May they were evacuated and moved to nearby towns.

A landslide near the village of BrienzPAP/EPA/MICHAEL BUHOLZER

Back home

As one of the inhabitants of Brienz said in an interview with the portal 20min.ch, he assumed that the “island” would soon slide off – the speed of rock movement increased enormously. While he was glad that much of the rubble had finally collapsed, he admitted he remained cautious.

“It looks like only a third of all the rocks have collapsed,” he said. He added that he still hopes to be able to return to his home in the spring.

The problem of landslides is not limited to the slope above Brienz. The entire village is built on land that slides down an average of one meter per year. So far, this has caused the church spire to tilt and crack several buildings.

A landslide near the village of BrienzPAP/EPA/MICHAEL BUHOLZER

Sudostschweiz, 20min.ch, tvnmeteo.pl

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/MICHAEL BUHOLZER



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