Eight die in land­slide as lo­cals save £35k cheese

Sunday Sport - - NEWS -

DAIRY farm­ers are re­joic­ing after more than a ton of CHEESE was res­cued from a land­slide that en­gulfed a val­ley, fol­low­ing heavy rain.

Lo­cals formed a hu­man chain to save the wheels of lo­cal spe­cial­ity Gran­ito cheese after the mud­slip in Val Bre­gaglia, Switzer­land.

As mil­lions of tons of earth slid down the val­ley, the Lat­te­ria Bre­gaglia cheese dairy was told the store was un­der threat from a land­slide due to con­tin­ued rain­fall.

So a group of lo­cals set out to res­cue the £ 35,000- worth of cheese, which they man­aged to move to an­other store in Maloja, fur­ther down the val­ley.

Just two hours after the cheese was moved, an­other slip en­gulfed the cream­ery.

One lo­cal said: “We saved the cheese! This is in­deed a great day in the his­tory of Val Bre­gaglia. We would have said a spe­cial mass in the church, but the church has also been swept away.”

Sadly, while lo­cals were bat­tling to save the cheese, eight hik­ers in the area were swept to their deaths by the killer mud­slide.

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