NewsFloods and landslides cut off Zermatt, Swiss ski resort evacuated

Floods and landslides cut off Zermatt, Swiss ski resort evacuated

Flash flood in Switzerland
Flash flood in Switzerland
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Mateusz Dolak

22 June 2024 10:21

A popular Swiss resort has been cut off from the world. Social media has circulated a recording from Switzerland showing a flash flood.

"Footage of the last train operated by the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB) after flooding and landslides cut off the famous Swiss ski resort Zermatt from the rest of the world in Switzerland," we read on X.

The recording was made by a train passenger.

Flood in Switzerland

The AFP agency, citing local authorities, reported that heavy rains on Friday led to flooding in the southern part of Switzerland, forcing authorities in the cantons of Valais and Graubünden to evacuate at least 230 people.

The ski resort of Zermatt in the canton of Valais in the southwest of the country was cut off from the world as water from the heavy rains and melting snow disrupted road traffic, and train services were suspended at least until Saturday morning due to the flood danger.

In Graubünden in the southeast of the country, several rivers overflowed their banks, and the situation worsened further on Friday evening, forcing the evacuation of residents, the regional police reported, without specifying the number of evacuees.

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