The three people buried in Graubünden still sought after violent weather – rts.ch

The three people buried in Graubünden still sought after violent weather – rts.ch
The three people buried in Graubünden still sought after violent weather – rts.ch

Emergency services are working to find three people buried in the Mesolcina valley (southern Graubünden), while a fourth person was found alive in scree, police said on Saturday.

A woman was found alive in scree by rescuers in the Mesolcina valley (GR). She was transferred to Lugano hospital. Three other people – a couple and an elderly woman – are still buried in the same area, police said Saturday. Earlier in the day, these four people were reported missing after a slide of mud, stones and various materials which destroyed three houses in the village of Sorte.

“We managed to save at least one life,” said a Graubünden cantonal police officer on Saturday morning during a press conference in Roveredo, broadcast by Italian-speaking television RSI. On Friday evening, thunderstorms and heavy rainfall caused heavy flooding and landslides. Rivers overflowed and roads were flooded.

The Grisons government said it was following the situation “with great concern” and wished “a lot of strength to all those concerned”. Among the rescue services in this canton, five canine teams and a team leader were in action on Saturday, specifies for its part the Redog rescue organization of the Swiss Red Cross. Helicopters and drones are also being used to find the three missing people.

>> See this RSI video showing the area where three people are buried:

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Furthermore, a Graubünden cantonal police patrol lost its vehicle in the floods in the same valley. The patrol was looking for people or animals that might be in danger. In doing so, the police officers put themselves in danger, said William Kloter, commander of the Graubünden cantonal police. They were saved thanks to the rapid reaction of their colleagues and could only watch as their vehicle was swept away by the waves.

The President of the Confederation Viola Amherd was shocked by the extent of the damage caused by bad weather in several regions of Switzerland.

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A copiously watered canton

The intervention zone for the police and firefighters extended over almost 20 kilometers. A cone of excretion affected several houses. Several dozen people had to be evacuated from their homes in the Mesolcina Calanca region, Graubünden cantonal police said.

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With 125 millimeters of rain recorded in the last 24 hours, according to Meteonews, the municipality of Grono, still in the Mesolcina valley, holds the prize for precipitation in Switzerland. Other measuring stations in the canton also recorded significant amounts of rain. In San Bernardino, 80.2 millimeters were measured between Friday morning at 8 a.m. and Saturday morning at the same time. In Chur and Ilanz, the measurement reached 48.8 and 47.7 millimeters respectively.

A section of the A13 motorway between Lostallo and Mesocco is also impassable after a partial collapse. After an initial assessment of the work, the Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) plans to carry out work from Monday if conditions permit. The duration of the closure of this motorway which, via the San Bernardino tunnel, constitutes a variant of the north-south route via the Gotthard, is not yet known, but a few days will not be enough to restore the road in good condition, warned OFROU.

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