World Powerful mudslide crashes through village in Switzerland, damaging cars and properties

09:45  09 august  2018
09:45  09 august  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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A massive mudslide crashes down a mountain and into a village in the Swiss municipality of Chamoson, damaging cars and properties .

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A massive mudslide has crashed down a mountain and into a village in the Swiss municipality of Chamoson, damaging cars and properties in its path.

Swiss media reported the mudslide flowed into the alpine village of Grugnay on Tuesday local time, but no injuries were reported.

The sudden, fast-moving mudslide began in a mountain stream after strong storms hit the area, Swiss broadcaster RTS reported.

The storms caused a riverbed to expand and burst its banks.

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Swiss mudslide. © Reuters Swiss mudslide. Videos published online captured jets of mud gushing into the air, onto roads and destroying street signs nearby, with shocked bystanders running to safety.

Houses and cars were also hit by the debris from the volcanic-like flow.

A video captured and shared by a social media user also showed the mud spewing onto a bridge as the mud rushed beneath it.

People standing on the bridge could be heard shouting and telling each other to be careful.

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