Key highway closed after severe storm hits Switzerland
Heavy rain affecting Switzerland since June 9, 2019, caused a temporary shutdown of a key highway in the central region of Gotthard. A landslide has also affected the railway connections.
The regions of Bern and Zurich have been particularly affected, receiving between 40 to 75 mm (1.57 to 2.95 inches) of rain, SwissInfo reported.
Heavy rains in the Gotthard region caused the Reuss River level to rise, exceeding the limit value of 450 m3 per second and closing the A2 motorway in both directions between the towns of Amsteg and Flüelen.
A mudflow hit a roadway in Gurtnellen area of Uri canton, damaging one car. Nine people were evacuated from the area but no injuries were reported.
Rock falls have been reported on several roads in Ticino and there is a risk of further slides in the canton, according to the Swiss Touring Club.
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