Landslide destroy a house in Swiss Alps

A two-storey house located in a large wooded area was destroyed by a landslide on November 5th 2014 in the canton of Ticino. The two occupants, a mother and her three years old daughter, were killed.

Shortly after 6:00 pm, a 1’000 m3 landslide composed of mud, trees and rock masses flew over 150 meters and hit a house of the Bombinasco village, 10km West of Lugano. Eighty people (rescuers, firefighters and sniffer dogs) worked all the night in the rubble and found the two victims at 4:30 am the following day.

Strong rain precipitations occurred before and during the event on the area of Lugano. A road close to the drama location was buried by a landslide few hours before.

Sources: 24heures, 20minutes and blick.

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