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Six hydroelectric power plants shut down in Switzerland

Several hydroelectric power plants were damaged in the severe storms in Switzerland. Six have now been shut down as a precaution. The search for two missing people continues.

Following the severe storm in the Swiss Misox Valley, six hydroelectric power plants were shut down as a precaution. Some were damaged, reported the energy company Axpo.

The energy company said that all the power plants were in a safe condition. Two could be put back into operation quickly. Four other plants require more extensive repairs.

Two people still missing

Two people are still missing near Lostallo in the Misox Valley in Graubünden. Their houses were swept away in a landslide on Friday evening.

Originally, four people were missing: a woman was rescued on Saturday morning, and a man was found dead several kilometers away on Sunday.

Motorway damaged

The storm triggered landslides, which also damaged a motorway for about 200 meters. At one point on the A13, the entire four-lane road was washed away by water and collapsed. The motorway is an important alternative route for holiday traffic over the San Bernardino Pass towards Italy when the Gotthard Tunnel is overloaded.

There were also storms in the canton of Valais, but less damage.

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