NEW YORK -- Rescue teams in the village of Gondo in the Valais
region of Switzerland accounted for six dead as of Oct. 17,
following torrential rain and mud slides, a spokesman for
Switzerland Tourism here confirmed. Another nine people remained
missing. All 15 were Swiss.
Six train lines were temporarily shut down in the Valais region,
and roads and train lines leading into and out of the mountain
resort of Zermatt were closed, the spokesman said. Approximately
800 tourists staying in Zermatt were airlifted by helicopters.
Rail service was expected to be restored by Oct. 19 from Zermatt
to the nearest town of Taesch, from where evacuees could take a bus
Zermatt has a total of 118 hotels with a combined 6,500 beds and
was the only resort area still isolated after the weekend, the
Elsewhere in the flood-stricken Valais and Italian-speaking
Ticino, problems remained with phone service and local roads
located near lakes.
A Rail Europe spokeswoman reported after the weekend that rail
service was still running below normal on the Brigue-Domoddossola,
St Maurice-Monthey, Brigue-Oberwald and Bex-Viullars-Bretaye
Swiss trains to Italy were rerouted, including night trains
departing from Geneva, Lausanne and Bern, the Rail Europe
In France, night trains to Italy were rerouted with departure
times as scheduled, but there were arrival delays of from six to
seven hours. All TGV service from Paris to Milan, Italy, was
The tourist board spokesman said that during the heaviest
rainfall, on Oct. 13 and 14, there were some places in the region
that registered more rain in 24 hours than would they would usually
receive in the entire month of October.